If you don’t know what a fable is,
Fable is a literary genre. A fable is a succinct fictional story, in hat features animals, mythical creatures, plants, inanimate objects or forces of nature or planets which are anthropomorphized (given human qualities such as verbal communication), and that illustrates or leads to an interpretation of a moral lesson (a “moral”), which may at the end be added explicitly in a pithy maxim. a story with a meaning, a lesson to be learned or a moral.
One of the most famed fable creators was named Aesop, who lived from 620 to 560 BC.
Well I have a Modern day kind of fable not quite fitting the original description but the lesson is there all the same.
Here it goes:
Once upon a time There was a magical world called internet.
This world is the biggest in the universe, there were many lands, cities and towns. There was a huge place there called Facebook, where Millions and millions of people live. They chat and play games and generally it’s a very friendly place, the residents get to know one another and despite coming from different towns and cities and having been good friends and indeed some have a very close friendship, a lot have never met in person.
One day there was a person called Moon. Moon had given up everything, even her flat and left her town and gone thousands of miles away to be with another friend she had never met, we will call him Sun, well Moon gave everything up and moved in with Sun and his two children Star and Comet.
For a long time they were really happy or so Moon told everyone. Now Moon was friends with Earth although they had never met they had been virtual friends in the town of Facebook, for quite a few years. One day Moon was virtually talking to Earth as they chatted a lot and Moon told Earth how unhappy she was and how nasty Sun had been, how he had accused her of plotting to kill him when she was on the phone with her daughter Mars because he had over heard moon and Mars on the talking. Moon told Earth how Sun was keeping her prisoner and how he had taken her passport and had left her in the house with no food or money in fact she never had any money of her own and had to ask for everything she ever needed, and that he was really nasty to her and he had even been violent to her, now Earth felt really helpless she herself had lived with someone who was just like Sun, violent and acting in exactly the same way so Earth worried about Moon and feared for her safety . Thankfully Moon managed to escape Sun and travelled thousands of miles back to her home town when she went to stay with her daughter Mars.
Then a few days later Moon put out an appeal to everyone asking if she could stay with them or they knew anywhere she could go because her daughter Mars and her evil other half was throwing Moon out and she had nowhere to live.
Now Earth lived quite a long distance from Moon but offered her a sofa and somewhere to stay, But could not get transport from where Moon was so Moon needed to get to another town close by to make the journey. Moon went to stay with another friend not far from her but could only be there a few days as he lived with his mother and she would be returning, Earth managed to get some money together for some coach tickets, Earth booked and paid for Moon to get down to her part of the country. it was a long journey that took hours and hours, Earth Drove to another city nearby to meet the coach and finally met Moon for the very first time. They got on great and Moon stayed with Earth for Months Moon was on Earth’s sofa but Earth had picked up a cupboard for moon to keep her bits in and other stuff was put upstairs in the junk room that was going to be sorted , After a while Moon needed to get herself sorted with her own money and somewhere to live so they pretended she was homeless and she had to move to another close by town to live in a hostel, she shared a kitchen and common room with a few others but had her own private room and bathroom. Earth had kitted her out with her own bed-clothes, pillows, food, kettle and all sorts of other bits to help her get on her feet. Moon got herself sorted and finally managed to get her own money, Earth popped over as often as she could afford to see moon and bring anything that was needed like towels etc..
After a few months Moon managed to get into another hostel closer to Earth in fact it was in Earth’s home town. Earth went to pick Moon up with all her stuff and drove her to her new place and helped her get it all in. Moon settled in quite well and had quite a busy life getting on courses and other stuff and popped around and stayed at Earth’s on a regular basis for the weekend and Earth helped her out and stocked up her cupboards and freezer from Earth’s stash that she squirrelled away in case of emergencies, Christmas came and Earth had Moon stay over and spend Christmas with the family and made up a box of lots of presents that were for moon of all the thing moon loved and some of the stuff was even ordered in because it was from the far away land and hard to get. Earth wanted to make Christmas special for moon even though she was missing Star and Comet very much.
Eventually after Christmas Moon got herself a job at a local shop.
Now Moon had always said she wanted to return to Sun in the land far far away, a bit confusing considering that he was so mean but apparently the truth was that Moon really wasn’t allowed to stay in the far away land so had to leave.. She missed the children Star and Comet very much and was fighting to return to the far away land, she needed to get a visa and had to pay lots of money to get to the authorities and nasty solicitors so was short of money quite often so again Earth helped out by stocking her up to keep her going until pay-day.
Not once did Earth ever regret giving Moon a hand as Earth herself had once been so down and out that all she had was the clothes she stood up in. So was more than willing to help someone else. Moon got more and more distant as she made new friends with the people she worked with and Earth and Moon didn’t see each other very often, maybe two or three times for a quick-lunch that Moon treated Earth to in a nice little place that Earth had indeed taken Moon to in the past. Moon and Sun kept in contact and were always falling out with each other so Moon regularly changed her name and contact details, Slowly blocking out all her old friends. Someone had it in for Moon and was sending nasty letters and mails pretending to be Mars to every one of Moons friends, Again Moon changed her identity. Earth herself had a mail and informed Moon that Mars had sent a nasty letter, Moon told Earth that it wasn’t really Mars and that it was someone else.
Earth saw Moon and at the time asked Moon if she would like to come over for Christmas again. Moon said she would find out what hours she was working over Christmas and let Earth know.
The next thing is Moon asked Earth again if she knew anything about another person Pluto, who was an ex friend of Moons, Earth really hadn’t had much to do with Pluto but looked to see for any information that Moon had asked for. Moon Changed her identity again and told Earth that she was only adding people she could trust because someone was sending nasty letters to her.. Moon talked to Earth about this . And told Earth that she had fallen out with Sun again, to be honest Earth had long got past showing any interest in this on / off relationship Moon had with Sun as this was never-ending.
Earth sent Moon a message by her mobile device, called a text , asking if she had found out about Christmas yet and if she was or wasn’t working, and if Moon was coming over to stay for the holiday but got no reply Earth messaged Moon on one of the contact places she had for Moon as Moon had vanished from her latest one again. , Again Earth got no reply.
Now Earth had been very very busy doing a lot of things and it was keeping her busy every day from morning to night. The next time Earth heard from Moon she was asked by that thing called text, if Earth could get her some settings as she couldn’t get in touch with anyone in the rest of the world of internet as someone had tried to take her mobile device and deleted everything but Moon must have remembered Earths number because she had managed to text Her.
Earth was out at the time but when she got back in she managed to find the settings and sent them by text to Moon, No Reply.. Earth noticed that evening that Moon was back on-line in the world of facebook so tried to send a message but for some reason was told that she couldn’t as the conversation was closed.
So Earth wrote all over Moons wall asking if she got the settings.
Moon eventually replied to the text and then on her wall replied saying yes but it had taken ages to work and she had to borrow someone else’s phone to text.. At the time Earth was tired and confused, how did Moon text her then if she had to borrow another persons mobile to text someone else.. but decided that she was tired and was probably reading it wrong.
Earth again was busy, what with Christmas coming up and all sorts of things organised for her and her children, and jobs to be done. She was preparing for Christmas yet again and decided to try to ask Moon one last time if she was indeed coming for Christmas as she needed to know how many chairs to get down out of the loft and what else she would need.
Earth tried to get hold of Moon in her latest name on the land of Facebook and her name was gone. So Earth went and looked for Moons other names and they were all gone.. Not even deactivated.. they were gone completely from her list of Friends.. Earth Remembered a couple of the names of Moons friends that she worked with from when Earth was invited to a quiz night organised by Moon, and Earth was going to message them to ask if they could get hold of Moon and to make sure Moon was ok, after all it is Christmas and that it is a time when you need to be with friends not staying on your own in a hostel . Especially when she knew Moon would be missing Star and Comet
Earth messaged the first person not knowing if she had the right person really as they had no other friends in common, within an hour Earth got a message back saying that if Moon wanted to Talk to Earth she would get hold of her , herself and for Earth to go away. Actually It wasn’t quite what she said but close enough. Earth then went to look for another name she remembered and found on this other friends wall which was open for all to see a message written on a picture about redheads.. Knowing that Moon had recently coloured her hair red it wouldn’t take an idiot to know this person was indeed Moon using yet another name. By which time, Earth who is still feeling really peeved because its been a long few months and had been working hard and starting to feel totally burnt out.. Sent this person a message saying “Hi I was going to ask if you have seen Moon, and if she is ok but I guess I don’t need to bother” knowing full well this is indeed Moon, Wondering what she had done wrong Earth is feeling really cross and used now.
Especially when Moon again blocked Earth from her New Name that Earth had sent the message to . Earth decided it was not worth contacting Moons other good friend whose wall she looked at as this person will indeed find out what kind of person Moon really is.
Earth has now decided that Moon can do what she pleases. But as far as Christmas goes. Earth will be spending it with Friends and Family.
As For Moon Earth Doesn’t care because Obviously Moon doesn’t want to know any-more… and maybe there was some truth in the message that Mars had sent about Moon to Earth and that she indeed only uses people for their help and when it’s no longer needed wants nothing more to do with them. Of course Earth could be wrong and it could be just a mistake but earth is not exactly convinced of that.
The Moral of this story is… Never help people you don’t really know because despite what ever you do to help. they will still shit on you from a great height!
I looked in the wise words from the country of the internet and found this.
The Lesson to be learned is.
How to Know When Friends are Using You
Consider how they spend their time. Do they hang out with you? A real friend will want to spend time with you because they enjoy your company, not just when they need to use your facilities or internet or need a favour.
Consider their neediness. Are they constantly “borrowing” money or stuff or living off you or when you offer help taking it saying how much they appreciate it, making promises to help you out etc or pay you back? Anyone who is happy to to do this and use stuff you have given them , but maybe not so keen to pay it back, or keep their promises is using you.
Watch for being dumped on. Do they ever blame others to get themselves out of trouble do they lie so you will feel sorry for them and then when the truth comes out its totally different? This one should be obvious. If yes, then they are using you.
Think about how sharing they are with you. When was the last time they did something for you that wasn’t for them as well? If you can’t answer this, then they are obviously using you.
Put yourself in his/her shoes. Do you honestly think they see you as a friend, or someone they go to when they need help or something done for them. Then ask yourself: “Are they really good friends, or are they just going to ‘use me again and again when they need something else?'”
- Watch for any changes in behaviour from the user once they’ve gotten what they want from you and know they cannot get any more out of you, you may find that they start treating you poorly or just stop all contact and hide from you. This is a pretty clear sign that you’ve been used by someone.
- If they to come back into your life for any reason you need to find out why and decided whether or not you’ll accept them back into your life, it’s wiser not to let them back in once they’ve left or you’ve gotten rid of them. Users rarely change!
If you answered Yes to all of the above then You are indeed a Mug! Sadly if the truth be known, I will always help someone who needs help. I have to remember there are some genuine people out there