The Ass, the Cock, and the Lion.

“An Ass and a Cock were in a cattle-pen together. Presently, a Lion, who had been starving for days, came along and was just about to fall upon the Ass and make a meal of him when the Cock, rising to his full height and flapping his wings vigorously, uttered a tremendous crow. Now, if there is one thing that frightens a Lion, it is the crowing of a Cock: and this one had no sooner heard the noise then he fled. The Ass was mightily elated by this, and thought that, if the Lion couldn’t face a Cock, he would be still less likely to stand up to an Ass: so he ran out and pursued him. But when the two had got well out of sight and hearing of the Cock, the Lion suddenly turned upon the Ass and ate him up. False confidence often leads to disaster.”

This fable is credited to Aesop, a former slave, born somewhere in Ancient Greece, six centuries before Christ. Aesop’s fables are still relevant today. Recently a BTL practice participant asked me to give them a book that was more contemporary than my previous recommendations from the Civil war era or Friedman from the 1970’s. So, if you are like her and need something more contemporary, may I suggest you go back a few thousand years and realize that your problems are nothing new. Study history or be doomed to repeat it, right? Thanks, Aesop, for finding the time. Good.

Live hard. Love harder (Thanks, Teeks)…

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