Tuesday, May 4, 2021

About that Fish-Teaching Proverb

Just a random funny-but-serious thought for the day, courtesy of Lore Sjöberg on Twitter (originally posted in August 2020, so I guess that makes it timeless and therefore appropriate for this week).

You can give a man a fish and THEN teach him to fish, you know. And it's a lot easier to learn how to fish when you're not starving.

Some of the best replies...

You can’t “teach a man to fish” when all of the fish have been netted by a greedy neighbor.

Not to mention the same neighbour is actively polluting the water...
Lucy Ewing

But he might decide that he doesn't like fish, and now what?
Wayne Werner

how dare you rationalize my metaphor about how I don't want to give people things.
Charly @otrahuevada

And lo, Jesus waved his hand and turned 3,000 sticks into fishing poles and told the hungry masses that it was included in tuition and not to even think about asking for forgiveness later on because it would make other people angry.


Just a final note to say that "fish" is one of those great English words that's both a noun and a verb, so writing a headline that uses it can result in some fun misreadings.

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