Aesop’s “The Fox and the Turkeys*

Posted by jlubans on August 18, 2022

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A Fox spied some turkeys roosting in a tree. He managed to attract their attention and then ran about the tree, pretended to climb, walked on his hind legs, and did all sorts of tricks. Filled with fear, the Turkeys watched every one of his movements until they became dizzy, and, one by one, fell from their safe perch.
By too much attention to danger, we may fall victims to it.”
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La Fontaine, in his version, sets forth the moral:
“A foe, by being over-heeded,
Has often in his plan succeeded.”
While Reynard the Fox may claim he can charm birds out of the trees as he “Walk’d on his hinder legs sublime” this is more about the turkeys’ willingly being bamboozled than about Mr. Fox’s deadly charms.
There’s recent research about the debilitating effect on one’s brain when in the willing throes of social media.
Or, many have found out that if you want to make yourself less miserable, stop watching cable news.
Social media, like Don Cuervo tequila, is not your friend, whatever the Don tells you.
So don’t get zuckered in and fall off your perch, shutter that iPhone and enjoy your personal world view.

*SOURCE: Aesop's Fables: A New Revised Version From Original Sources” WITH ILLUSTRATIONS
BY HARRISON WEIR, JOHN TENNIEL, ERNEST GRISET
AND OTHERS” New York : Frank F. Lovell & Company, c1884

© Copyright text by John Lubans 2022

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