The Sick Lion

Venturing Back to the Land of Aesop

We’re running a bit short on time today.  So, in lieu of our usual economic reflections, we’ll venture back to the sixth century BC to the land of Aesop.

We’re not sure what this really has to do with anything; but it could save you a fortune…

The Sick Lion, Aesop Fables

A Lion, unable from old age and infirmities to provide himself with food by force, resolved to do so by artifice.  He returned to his den, and lying down there, pretended to be sick, taking care that his sickness could be publicly known.  The beasts expressed their sorrow, and came one by one to his den, where the Lion devoured them.  After many beasts had thus disappeared, the Fox discovered the trick and presenting himself to the Lion, stood on the outside of the cave, at a respectful distance, and asked him how he was.  “I am middling,” replied the Lion, “but why do you stand without?  Pray enter within to talk with me.”  “No, thank you,” said the Fox.  “I noticed that there are many prints of feet entering your cave, but I see no trace of any returning.”

He is wise who is warned by the misfortunes of others.

Good advice…if you’re willing to heed its suggested caution.


MN Gordon
for Economic Prism

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