There is much wisdom to be shared around the world. Often times we use such truisms and stories to get us through life and the hardships we may face. Aesop’s fables are a great example of wonderful moral lessons. We take heed to these lessons at Wesley Financial Group. Chuck McDowell, our President & CEO, is a fine example of a person who has a strong moral compass. As a leader in the timeshare advocacy industry, Wesley Financial Group, (Chuck McDowell and our entire team), are constantly fighting timeshare fraud. We take to heart the lessons we’ve learned throughout our lives. Many of us are familiar with Aesop’s fables. It’s interesting to talk a look at how these tales are relevant to timeshare fraud today. The Library of Congress has a wonderful collection of Aesop’s fables for children. Let us begin our journey with some of Aesop’s fables that are relevant in the fight against timeshare fraud.
In the Library of Congress’s online collection of Aesop for Children, we find the tale of the “Mercury and The Woodman”. The fable begins:
“A poor Woodman was cutting down a tree near the edge of a deep pool in the forest. It was late in the day and the Woodman was tired. He had been working since sunrise and his strokes were not so sure as they had been early that morning. Thus, it happened that the axe slipped and flew out of his hands into the pool.
The Woodman was in despair. The axe was all he possessed with which to make a living, and he had not money enough to buy a new one. As he stood wringing his hands and weeping, the god Mercury suddenly appeared and asked what the trouble was. The Woodman told what had happened, and straightway the kind Mercury dived into the pool. When he came up again he held a wonderful golden axe.
“Is this your axe?” Mercury asked the Woodman.
“No,” answered the honest Woodman, “that is not my axe.”
Mercury laid the golden axe on the bank and sprang back into the pool. This time he brought up an axe of silver, but the Woodman declared again that his axe was just an ordinary one with a wooden handle.
Mercury dived down for the third time, and when he came up again he had the very axe that had been lost.
The poor Woodman was very glad that his axe had been found and could not thank the kind god enough. Mercury was greatly pleased with the Woodman’s honesty.
“I admire your honesty,” he said, “and as a reward, you may have all three axes, the gold, and the silver as well as your own.”
The happy Woodman returned to his home with his treasures, and soon the story of his good fortune was known to everybody in the village. Now there were several Woodmen in the village who believed that they could easily win the same good fortune. They hurried out into the woods, one here, one there, and hiding their axes in the bushes, pretended they had lost them. Then they wept and wailed and called on Mercury to help them.
And indeed, Mercury did appear, first to this one, then to that. To each one he showed an axe of gold, and each one eagerly claimed it to be the one he had lost. But Mercury did not give them the golden axe. Oh no! Instead he gave them each a hard whack over the head with it and sent them home. And when they returned the next day to look for their own axes, they were nowhere to be found.” (Aesop).
The moral of the story is, “Honesty is the best policy.” The village woodmen continually lie in order to get a golden axe. This is like the timeshare sales representatives that lie to innocent customers in order to get them to purchase a timeshare or increase their level of ownership. Do the village woodmen succeed in the end? No, they don’t. This is just like deceitful timeshare sales representatives and the timeshare companies they work for. They won’t win or succeed either. Wesley Financial Group, (Chuck McDowell and our entire team), understand the importance of “Honesty is the best policy.” We stand up against those who lie and trick others.
In Aesop’s fables, the story of “The Monkey and The Dolphin” is similar to lying timeshare sales representatives and companies as well. The fable begins:
“It happened once upon a time that a certain Greek ship bound for Athens was wrecked off the coast close to Piraeus, the port of Athens. Had it not been for the Dolphins, who at that time were very friendly toward mankind and especially toward Athenians, all would have perished. But the Dolphins took the shipwrecked people on their backs and swam with them to shore.
Now it was the custom among the Greeks to take their pet monkeys and dogs with them whenever they went on a voyage. So, when one of the Dolphins saw a Monkey struggling in the water, he thought it was a man, and made the Monkey climb up on his back. Then off he swam with him toward the shore.
The Monkey sat up, grave and dignified, on the Dolphin’s back.
“You are a citizen of illustrious Athens, are you not?” asked the Dolphin politely.
“Yes,” answered the Monkey, proudly. “My family is one of the noblest in the city.”
“Indeed,” said the Dolphin. “Then, of course, you often visit Piraeus.”
“Yes, yes,” replied the Monkey. “Indeed, I do. I am with him constantly. Piraeus is my very best friend.”
This answer took the Dolphin by surprise, and, turning his head, he now saw what it was he was carrying. Without more ado, he dived and left the foolish Monkey to take care of himself, while he swam off in search of some human being to save.” (Aesop).
The moral of this fable is, “One falsehood leads to another.” Here again, we see the foolishness that many deceitful timeshare representatives possess in the monkey character. Like the monkey, they think that can get away with lying to unwitting consumers about timeshares, but they have another thing coming. Wesley Financial Group, (Chuck McDowell & our entire team), won’t let them get away with it.
In Aesop’s Fable “The Bundle of Sticks” we get the moral, “In unity is strength.” It can be hard to get people to help you in your fight against timeshare fraud. Come to Wesley Financial to help you get through tough times. In this fable, we see how when victims of timeshare fraud come to us for help, there is strength in sticking together. The fable begins:
“A certain Father had a family of Sons, who were forever quarreling among themselves. No words he could say did the least good, so he cast about in his mind for some very striking example that should make them see that discord would lead them to misfortune.
One day when the quarreling had been much more violent than usual and each of the Sons was moping in a surly manner, he asked one of them to bring him a bundle of sticks. Then handing the bundle to each of his Sons in turn he told them to try to break it. But although each one tried his best, none was able to do so.
The Father then untied the bundle and gave the sticks to his Sons to break one by one. This they did very easily.
“My Sons,” said the Father, “do you not see how certain it is that if you agree with each other and help each other, it will be impossible for your enemies to injure you? But if you are divided among yourselves, you will be no stronger than a single stick in that bundle.” (Aesop).
If you are the victim of timeshare fraud, come to Wesley Financial for help. Remember, “In unity is strength.”
Wesley Financial Group, Chuck McDowell, and the timeshare advocacy industry stand up for what is right. We continually fight timeshare companies that scam. The above three fables from Aesop all teach great morals: Honesty is the best policy, one falsehood leaders to another, and in unity is strength. We’ve taken into consideration all the just ways of living that we’ve been taught throughout our lives at Wesley Financial Group. Chuck McDowell, as our leader, continues to lead by example in our company. Morals, such as the ones gleaned from Aesop’s fables, are an important part of our business at Wesley Financial Group.
Aesop. (2018). Mercury and the Woodman. Aesop for Children, Retrieved from The Library of Congress online, http://read.gov/aesop/102.html
Aesop. (2018). The Monkey and the Dolphin. Aesop for Children, Retrieved from The Library of Congress online, http://read.gov/aesop/074.html
Aesop. (2018). The Bundle of Sticks. Aesop for Children, Retrieved from the Library of Congress online, http://read.gov/aesop/040.html
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