ABSTRACT

It’s common to observe that putting one’s most cherished fantasies into action isn’t necessarily enjoyable. The transition from something imagined to something acted out is notoriously fraught. One of Aesop’s fables, “The Old Man and Death”, points to the difficulty. An old man, while out looking for firewood in the forest, wishes he was dead. Death appears before him as a terrifying figure and asks him to repeat his wish. The old man responds: “I was just saying that I wish there was someone around to help me get this pile of wood up onto my shoulder.” The moral: “We would often be sorry if our wishes were granted.”