As I was driving down my stony, dusty country lane on my way to Posadas (Cordova), I passed one of my neighbours:—
And I was immediately reminded of this quote of Idries Shah:
‘A donkey eats a melon, it remains a donkey’ (from The Commanding Self — I think…)
Now I wouldn’t go as far as to say I was dim, because I do hold a higher degree in geology after all and would’ve finished my doctorate had it not been for my unforeseen relocation to Cordova — but the words in that quote got me wondering a bit…
Does the quote imply that a donkey will stay a donkey even if it eats what humans eat? I.e. you can’t humanise a donkey and some things just won’t change because they are so set in their ways.
Or have I just got the wrong end of the stick?
But if my interpretation’s right, then I beg to differ.
I think donkeys (and other animals and humans) can change and adapt and humanise, and so in this case, though the donkey is still a donkey on the outside, how can we assess his progression, level and consciousness on the inside? Perhaps on the inside he has surpassed being a donkey after all…
Well, it’s all very mind-boggling! All I know is that donkeys do love melons and watermelons just as much as our neighbouring sheep go crazy for oranges!
Anyway, if any of you could shed some light on this matter I’d be very interested in hearing your explanations…