Stephen J. Dubner
10/17/2013 | 9:29 am
Yesterday, Freakonomics Radio made an appearance in the Pearls Before Swine comic strip, by Stephan Pastis. The episode he refers to is “How to Raise Money Without Killing a Kitten”:
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“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not cast your pearls before swine. If you do, they may trample them under their feet; and turn on you and tear you to pieces” is a quote from the Bible, it is taken out of a lesson that Jesus spoke. I’m just wondering why its being used in this context, it sounds judgmental and that is not what Jesus was about. I’m just trying to understand what purpose it serves in your fundraising. Thanks.
“Pearls Before Swine” is a comic strip. Per Wikipedia: “According to [the author] Pastis, [the character] Rat, who considers himself a genius, casts his “pearls” of wisdom before [another character] Pig (“swine”), who is the only one naive enough to seriously listen.”
Freakonomics is not making a commentary on the Biblical phrase.
Pearls Before Swine is the name of the comic strip. It is so named because the main character ‘Rat’ is usually dispensing his ‘Pearls’ of wisdom to the other main character ‘Pig’ (aka Swine) who always misunderstands what’s being said. So Rat is casting ‘Pearls before Swine’.
It has nothing to do with fundraising in any context, and is in no way presented as such. It is just the name of the comic strip that happened to make a reference to the Freakonomics podcast.
Emily, it’s the name of a syndicated comic strip that has been running for quite a while. It has nothing to do with the message, article nor the joke.
What are you talking about? This sounds like EXACTLY how the church works
Speaking of fundraising, is it just a coincidence that the abbreviation for Pearls Before Swine is “PBS?” Pastis will resume regular comics after his fund-raising drive.
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