March 06, 2005

Shoemaking Elves: passive aggressive?

Most people know the fable of the struggling cobbler, who receives a large order to make many pair of shoes, but they must be finished by the next day.

Completing these shoes will make the difference in supporting his family, so the cobbler tries to work through the night to complete them. But his energy runs out, and he falls asleep.

While he sleeps, Shoemaking Elves appear in his shop, and they make all the shoes. When the cobbler awakens in the morning, he finds all the shoes ready to be delivered.

So here's my question: Was this act by the Elves a well-intentioned way of helping out a good man? Or was it them saying, what a loser you are, the only way this will get done is if we do it.

Posted by jackhodgson at March 6, 2005 02:48 PM