Why the Sean is Salty. Lessons to be Learned.
Author: Yvonne Healy
(Editor’s 2018 Note: This article first appeared in 2011, when the big oil spilled occurred with British Petroleum off of the Gulf Coast of the United States. While that disaster was some time ago, the wisdom of the article remains, nonetheless.)
The distilled wisdom of generations is shared through stories in Ireland. Realistic reporting takes second place to imaginatively embroidered narratives. The Irish find that storytelling is an entertaining and effective way to teach important lessons. The Gulf Coast might be enjoying its prime tourist and fishing season if decision-makers from BP and the federal regulators had listened to more stories.
Fado, fado, long ago, the sea was a giant lake full of clear, fresh water. Two brothers lived by the sea on a cliff, each in his own home, one on top of the hill and the other below.
Each brother began life with the same inheritance. One brother grew wealthy while the other grew poor. In those faraway times, salt was the measure of wealth. Salt was rare because it was transported from distant lands. Salt was necessary to preserve food because refrigerators hadn’t been invented. Salt made food tasty. The richer someone was, the more salt he used.
Each morning, the poor brother walked along the beach searching. One day, his toe scraped a hard edge in a big sand-hill. He dug away the sand and uncovered a large salt grinder. A tiny rock of salt remained in the chamber.
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