Friday Fable. Aesop’s “The Frogs Asking for a King”*

Posted by jlubans on April 04, 2014

Caption: Heron looking downright Putin-esque!

“THE FROGS, grieved at having no established Ruler, sent ambassadors to Jupiter entreating for a King. Perceiving their simplicity, he cast down a huge log into the lake. The Frogs were terrified at the splash occasioned by its fall and hid themselves in the depths of the pool. But as soon as they realized that the huge log was motionless, they swam again to the top of the water, dismissed their fears, climbed up, and began squatting on it in contempt. After some time they began to think themselves ill-treated in the appointment of so inert a Ruler, and sent a second deputation to Jupiter to pray that he would set over them another sovereign. He then gave them an Eel to govern them. When the Frogs discovered his easy good nature, they sent yet a third time to Jupiter to beg him to choose for them still another King. Jupiter, displeased with all their complaints, sent a Heron, who preyed upon the Frogs day by day till there were none left to croak upon the lake.”

A good story for those who have no time for a Democratic Workplace, who love the hierarchy, the bureaucracy. Imagine the joys we experience in being ruled by a desk (bureau!).
Only a strong boss will do for some. Why? Why not self rule for the formerly free frogs? The leader that promises all manner of good things if elected, well, he or she could be a heron in disguise, or more Aesopically, a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

*Source: AESOP'S FABLES By Aesop Translated by George Fyler Townsend (probably from this edition): “Three hundred and fifty Aesop's fables”. Chicago, Belford, Clarke & Co., 1886.
Available at Gutenberg.

@Copyright John Lubans 2014

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