Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi: Fabeln
Pestalozzi, Johann Heinrich
This is a typical little Manesse volume: beautifully constructed, with literature well selected. I have found Weder's Afterword helpful. He emphasizes the way that Pestalozzi moralizes: directly, unpoetically, practically. Tips, suggestions, clarifications are everywhere. Fabeln als deutliche Marginalien der aufklärerischen Erziehung zu einem verträglichen Menschengeschlecht (93). The fables show more what he wanted than what he accomplished. He was never a man of the average or mediocre. Here are a several examples from this trip through. A fool tells an artist working with stone that it is a shame that his stone does not polish (61). The artist says that artists working with stone are different from those who work with people. The latter polish before they even think of working on the material. The fool persists That is the way you should do it too! One shepherd-dog did not bark when there was no emergency, but was strong and would pursue an attacking wolf or fox to its hole. The other danced when his shepherd piped; when the shepherd slept, the dog ran all over the place. The result: the herd took him for the devil, and the wolf and fox were delighted and saw him as their best ally (47). A dwarf said to a giant I have the same rights as you. That is true, but you cannot walk in my shoes (82).