If you have not already done so, you may wish to read the
Introduction to Gnomica.
Saturday 17 March 2012
Chat échaudé craint l’eau froide.
A scalded cat is afraid of cold water.
Adrien de Monluc (1571 – 1646)
[French comedic playwright]
You touch a stove and you burn your finger. A burner that is ‘on’ looks no different from a burner that is ‘off’. But the one you touched was on. It hurt – maybe you even got a blister. Do you think you will touch that burner again – even if you are assured that it is definitely ‘off’? You might have second thoughts … like that French chat from half a millennium ago. After all, how could the poor creature have distinguished between very hot water and very cold water without lapping it – and maybe getting hurt again?
Make no assumptions … about anything!