the fable of the exceptional traveler

A man once needed a hat…

…and knew he could find the best in his own country—

—because his country made such exceptional hats.  A country of such exceptional hats must indeed be exceptional!

But he also needed a shirt.  An exceptional shirt to go with his exceptional hat.  So he traveled to a country that made exceptional shirts…

A country of such exceptional shirts must indeed be exceptional!

But he needed a coat to go over the shirt and also some things for his bottom half…

So he went next to a country that made exceptional coats…

…and then to a country praised for its beautiful boxer shorts…

…and then to a nation that stitched the most exquisite pants…and then to one that knitted superb socks…

…and finally, to complete his outfit, he visited a country that built splendid shoes from the soles up.

“Those countries are all exceptional!” the man exclaimed.  “No, they may not be exceptional in every way.  But each is exceptional in its own way.”

Though the man didn’t need any more clothes, he decided to keep traveling.  He went from country to country, discovering the exceptionalism of each one.

He’s returned to his own country recently, determined to tell as many people as possible: “We must learn from all these other exceptional countries.  When we do, we’ll be even more exceptional!”

He keeps spreading the word, not only because he loves his country, but because he now loves the whole world.

He believes that once his country sees what it can learn from other countries…

…it’ll want to share what it’s learned with the whole world.

What an exceptional world we might then become!

© 2018, Michael R. Patton
I’m Responsible: ebook

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About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and fabulist...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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