PARA-BABEL …the more things change
In this column the author, Para-Babel, presents two stories each time.
The first story is usually an ancient one about humans, animals, plants, things; stories that were popular in different parts of the world – Greece, Africa, India, China, the Americas – at different times. The second story is usually contemporary. In many cases the characters are alive, but, any resemblance to any person, animal, or plant living or dead is mere coincidence.
Responding to a story is an entirely personal affair. Each person sees different things in a story and connects to different elements differently. Stories do not belong to the writer alone; the reader has equal right over it. Therefore, you, the reader, have complete freedom... to derive any meaning from any of the stories. However, all the meanings you construct are entirely at your own risk. You take full responsibility for your interpretation(s).