Friday Fable. Aesop’s “The Goat and the Ass”*

Posted by jlubans on October 16, 2015

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Caption: Wanted. Saboteur Goat.

“A MAN once kept a Goat and an Ass. The Goat, envying the Ass on account of his greater abundance of food, said, ‘How shamefully you are treated: at one time grinding in the mill, and at another carrying heavy burdens;’ and he further advised him to pretend to be epileptic and fall into a ditch and so obtain rest. The Ass listened to his words, and falling into a ditch, was very much bruised. His master, sending for a leech (physician), asked his advice. He bade him pour upon the wounds the lungs of a Goat. They at once killed the Goat, and so healed the Ass.”

Goat as saboteur. This fable picks up where Monday’s blog (October 12, 2015) on “silent sabotage” left off, namely, organizational sabotage through “spreading low morale (a “culture of complaint”) among shop and office worker.”
Which is what the envious goat does with the silly ass and wreaks a bit of havoc for the farmyard organization.
But, as sometimes happens our goat suffers a career ending unintended consequence.
So, for all you wannabe saboteurs let this be a cautionary tale.

*Source: 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 the Gutenberg Project.

© John Lubans 2015

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