Aesop was a slave in Ancient Greece whom posterity has remembered for his storytelling ability. His fables are still used to impart ethical wisdom. For whatever reason, we respond to fables and parables better than maxims.
If you’ve driven around the northwest side of San Antonio recently, you will have noticed that a heated political campaign is underway. There are signs on every block. One of the candidates has invested in giant signs that can be found within a stone’s throw of every polling location.
At a campaign event, my friend and city council candidate Ron Nirenberg invoked Aesop’s story about a vixen and a lioness in a discussion about the ubiquitous signs.
A Vixen who was taking her babies out for an airing one balmy morning, came across a Lioness, with her cub in arms. “Why such airs, haughty dame, over one solitary cub?” sneered the Vixen. “Look at my healthy and numerous litter here, and imagine, if you are able, how a proud mother should feel.” The Lioness gave her a squelching look, and lifting up her nose, walked away, saying calmly, “Yes, just look at that beautiful collection. What are they? Foxes! I’ve only one, but remember, that one is a Lion.”