Letter: Museum sells out for mess of pottage
The Bible, in particular the Old Testament shared by Christians and Jews, provides much of the basis for our moral compass. Genesis tells how Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of soup: called a "mess of pottage."
According to Wikipedia, a mess of pottage is something immediately attractive but of little value taken foolishly and carelessly in exchange for something more distant and perhaps less tangible but immensely more valuable. The phrase alludes to Esau's sale of his birthright for a meal ("mess") of lentil stew ("pottage") in Genesis 25:29-34 and connotes shortsightedness and misplaced priorities.
The board of the Berkshire Museum has lost its moral compass.
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