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Taj Khan: ‘Aesop’s Fables’ offer timeless insights

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Taj Khan

Taj Khan, San Joaquin Delta College Board of Trustees

“The $15 million we are committing is a start. Everyone is aware we are going to have to find more resources to address the other issues we have. This says we’re serious about (a north county campus).”

Posted: Saturday, May 25, 2013 12:00 am

During the graduation season, advice is free and plentiful. Parents, friends, valedictorians, key note speakers, everyone is dispensing free advice.

Unsolicited advice, like anything achieved without effort, has no value. The graduating classes have heard and read it all. They do not need more advice.

Everyone has read the fables of Aesop. The famous Greek fabulist illustrated many moral concepts though tales of birds and animals. A simple concept of “slow and steady wins the race” is depicted in his tale of “Tortoise and Hare.”

This story, like many of his stories, has survived more than 2,500 years and has been translated in almost every language in the world. It has been read by people of every color, creed, culture and civilization.

Had everyone heeded lessons from Aesop’s of talking birds, lions, and goats the world would be a peaceful and serene place! The world is imperfect, people are imperfect. Everyone makes mistakes.

So, graduates, please don’t heed to any advice. Ignore everything you have heard. Your moral compass is already programmed by now. You know the difference between right and wrong, good and evil, and success and failure. Go out and do your own thing. Make your own mistakes. Be persistent, have grit, do not give up, keep going. If you learn from your mistakes and the mistakes of others, you will be successful.

Oops, sorry. I did not mean to give you advice. My mistake!

Taj Khan of Lodi is a San Joaquin Delta College trustee and a retired engineering supervisor with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

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