Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The Dangers of Deceit

"From wild horses on the plain to fish within the sea, all creatures recognize their young. It's only man, whose arrogance and pride will make his son his deadly enemy."
(excerpt taken from Sohrab and Rostam in the Shahname, by Abolqasem Ferdowsi)
I read the aforementioned story of Sohrab and Rostam and was deeply touched by this tragic but beautiful story. Although I read it in English instead of it's native language, I still found it beautifully flowing & poetic.

Taken from Shahname (the Iranian Book of Kings), it was written by Abolqasem Ferdowsi (932-1025). It is a tragic tale in that a father unknowingly kills his own son who threatens the Shah of Iran.

The biggest underlying theme I got out of this story was deceit and how it leads to tragedy. From the very beginning little pieces of deception grow & manifest & become the characters' own enemies. It is deceit that ultimately leads to the death of a son by the hands of his own father.

I thought it was a great reminder to be truthful and honest, even forthcoming in all ways possible because deceit can be deadly.


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