What crossroads and “the boy who cried wolf” have in common!

Language and Speech are rather difficult to translate because every language is not just words and grammar. Language has so many rough edges which is why google translate can’t actually translate!


There are many ways to prove that language is unique and that it takes some life experience and imagination to understand it correctly.

Take a parable for example. A parable is a short story that has an obvious, literal one and an underlying symbolic, figurative meaning. It comes from Greek and means “comparison”. A parable also is supposed to teach the reader a lesson without actually stating it aloud. The reader comes to a conclusion trough the text.


The illustrations by Francis Barlow of the fable/ parable “The boy who cried wold”, 1687

A nice example for such a parable is the boy who cried wolf ,a story about a shepherd  boy that tricks the villagers into believing that a wolf is attacking his sheep. When an actual wolf attacks nobody helps him because they think that he is lying again. The moral of the story is that nobody believes liars even when they tell the truth.

The literal meaning of this text would be, the story about the boy and his sheep. The symbolic meaning is, what the moral of the story is trying to state and what the readers should learn while reading the story. This is, that you shouldn’t lie because nobody believes liars even when they tell the truth.

Now you might wonder what all of this has to do with crossroads.

maxresdefault Well, crossroads can also be seen as a word with more than just the literal meaning.

When you see a crossroad you might indeed just think about a different road cutting your’s and that is it!

But let’s think of the underlying symbolic meaning. What opportunities do crossroads give you. In my opinion they give you the chance to change your course and to look at a different direction. The option to turn 90° and to have a different goal.

In my book symbolic as well a literal meaning of speech are important but to understand the symbolic one you have to think for yourself. This is what the author tries to make you do without you even realizing. To understand stories like parables you have to be able to learn at all times and to look at things from a different angle. Like you do at crossroads. The reason the moral usually isn’t included in the parable is because everybody reading it, understands it a little differently and comes to dissimilar conclusions.

What hidden meaning do you associate with crossroads?




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