Friday, January 2, 2009

The American Dream and The Hen that Laid the Golden Eggs

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“This is a dangerous situation,” says Mr. Baily, essentially arguing that the drunk must be kept in Scotch a while longer, lest he burn down the neighborhood in the midst of a crisis. “The risks of things actually getting worse and us going into a really severe recession are high. We need to get more money out there now.”Debt Sweat - Printing Money – and Its Price -

According to the fable, a poor farmer found, to his amazement, that one of the geese in his flock had begun laying eggs made of gold. The farmer and his wife began selling the gold, and were finally becoming prosperous. At long last, the farmer's wife suggested that they were fools to wait for the goose to produce gold at such a slow rate - they could kill the goose, cut it open, and get all the gold inside it right now!

The farmer did as his wife suggested, and cut open the goose. To his horror, he found that there was no gold inside the goose, and since the goose was now dead, it would not be laying any golden eggs in the future. Gradually, the farmer and his wife became poor again.

Lessons to be drawn from the story: the destructiveness of greed, the virtue of patience. ...In the English language, "Killing the golden goose" has become a metaphor for any short-sighted action that may bring an immediate reward, but will ultimately prove disastrous.

There have also been references to other creatures that produce golden eggs or are of a golden nature, such as Aesop's fable The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs or the Brothers Grimm fairy tale The Golden Goose. Aesop, as depicted in the Nuremberg Chronicle by Hartmann Schedel. ...


In the later period of Egyptian history, a cult of Thoth gained prominence, thus giving rise to the adjustment of mythology in order to give Thoth a greater role. This included varying the Ogdoad cosmogony myth so that it was Thoth who gives birth to Ra/Atum/Nefertum/Khepri, as a result of laying, as an ibis, an egg containing them. Later it was said that this was done in the form of a goose - literally as a goose laying a golden egg. , or , or [1] Thoth (Ramesseum, Luxor) Thoth, a Greek name derived from the Egyptian * (djih-how-tee) (written by Egyptians as ) was considered one of the most important deities of the Egyptian pantheon. ... In Egyptian mythology, the Ogdoad are the eight deities worshipped in Hermopolis. ... This article is about the Egyptian god. ... History Atum (alternatively spelt Tem, Temu, Tum, and Atem) is an early deity in Egyptian mythology, whose cult centred on the Ennead of Heliopolis. ... In Egyptian mythology, Nefertum (also Nefertum, Nefer-Tem, Nefer-Temu) is the god of the lotus plant and a solar deity associated with the sunrise. ... Khepri as a scarab beetle, pushing the sun across the sky In Egyptian mythology, Khepri (also spelt Khepera, Kheper, Chepri, Khepra) is the name of a minor god. ... Genera Threskiornis Pseudibis Thaumatibis Geronticus Nipponia Bostrychia Theristicus Cercibis Mesembrinibis Phimosus Eudocimus Plegadis Lophotibis Ibises are a group of long-legged wading birds in the family Threskiornithidae. ... Genera see text Goose (plural geese) is the general English name for a considerable number of birds, belonging to the familyAnatidae. ...

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