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As an aside to my comments on Vlada’s blog post, and incidentally to Jovan’s language project I suddenly remembered a story by Rudyard Kipling. In fact it’s a story inside a story.

“And yet Suleiman-bin-Daoud was not proud. He very seldom showed off, and when he did he was sorry for it. Once he tried to feed all the animals in all  the world in one day, but when the food was ready an Animal came out of the deep sea and ate it up in three mouthfuls. Suleiman-bin-Daoud was very surprised and said, 'O Animal, who are you?' And the Animal said, 'O King, live for ever! I am the smallest of thirty thousand brothers, and our home is at the bottom of the sea. We heard that you were going to feed all the animals in all the world, and my brothers sent me to ask when dinner would be ready.' Suleiman-bin-Daoud was more surprised than ever and said, 'O Animal, you have eaten all the dinner that I made ready for all the animals in the world.' And the Animal said, 'O King, live for ever, but do you really call that a dinner? Where I come from we each eat twice as much as that between meals.' Then Suleiman-bin-Daoud fell flat on his face and said, 'O Animal! I gave that dinner to show what a great and rich king I was, and not because I really wanted to be kind to the animals. Now I am ashamed, and it serves me right. Suleiman-bin-Daoud was a really truly wise man, Best Beloved. After that he never forgot that it was silly to show off; …”

From: Kipling, Rudyard “The Butterfly that Stamped” available at http://www.online-literature.com/poe/162/

I feel that “feed[ing] all the animals in all the world in one day” could be an analogous exercise to “running (regulating?) the Internet” and I am now wondering whether and whereabouts “humility” and its cognate words and ideas appear from the IGF transcripts being examined for the “Emerging Language of Internet Diplomacy” http://www.diplomacy.edu/IGFLanguage

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