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Lamb vs Wolf March 3, 2015

Posted by anagasto in law, philosophy.
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From an illustrated Aesop free at Gutenberg project http://www.gutenberg.org/files/19994/19994-h/19994-h.htm.

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The wolf saw a lamb playing in the grass and he felt odd about attacking that helpless creature without some excuse. He said to the lamb: “You know I have not forgotten that last year you insulted me.”

“That is impossible, sir,” answered the lamb, “for I wasn’t born then.”

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“Well,” retorted the Wolf, “you feed in my pastures.”

“That cannot be,” replied the lamb, “for I am not yet allowed to have grass.”

“You drink from my creek, don’t you see?” continued the wolf.

“Indeed, sir,” said the lamb, “but downstream from where you are.”

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“Well, anyhow,” concluded the Wolf, “I’m not going to leave without my dinner” and he attacked the lamb and devoured it without any further explanations.

The drawings above are by Raphael Wünsch for Hinternet and the one below is by Gary Olsen for The Cartoon College.

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The story is by Aesop, and there are many translations. It is always sold and presented as a children’s story.  I think it is too cynical, like most of Lafontaine’s or Aesop’s fables. Yet some of them have been famous for 2500 years, longer than any other story excepting maybe some very few of the Bible.

Aesop, Αἴσωπος, Aisōpos, may have lived c. 620-564 BC.

Just like the Bible, the Fables have been translated into all the languages of the world and have been illustrated in 1000 ways:

La raison du plus fort est toujours la meilleure:

Nous l’allons montrer tout à l’heure.
Un Agneau se désaltérait
Dans le courant d’une onde pure.
Un Loup survient à jeun qui cherchait aventure,
Et que la faim en ces lieux attirait.
Qui te rend si hardi de troubler mon breuvage ?

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What follows is rather typical.



From http://greece.mrdonn.org/aesop.html.

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1. Carl D'Agostino - June 9, 2012

The first story shows that people make excuses for their actions but they will do what they will do whether excused or not.


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