North Wind and The Sun
“The North Wind and The Sun” is one title for a fable that dates back to the days of ancient Greece. The story goes that the North wind and the sun were competing to see who could make a passing traveller remove his cloak. The harder the wind blew, the tighter the traveller held his cloak. But as the sun shone down it warmed the traveller, and he let his cloak fall. One way to interpret this story is that it is more effective to use persuasion than force. La Fontaine interpreted it to mean that “gentleness does more than violence.”
In presenting this batch of songs–which lays out many of the persistent troubles bedeviling America today–we hope to persuade you, dear listener, to reflect on all the ways these songs point to those troubles. Then, you should dance.
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