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The Trees and The Axe

10/19/2010 Leave a comment

During my reading today, I came across an article in The Art of Manliness about Aesop’s Fables. One of the tales retold was of The Trees and The Axe, which follows below.

A Man came into a forest, and made a petition to the Trees to provide him a handle for his axe. The Trees consented to his request, and gave him a young ash-tree. No sooner had the man fitted from it a new handle to his axe, than he began to use it, and quickly felled with his strokes the noblest giants of the forest. An old oak, lamenting when too late the destruction of his companions, said to a neighboring cedar, “The first step has lost us all. If we had not given up the rights of the ash, we might yet have retained our own privileges, and have stood for ages.”

Beware of small concessions.

We often have no choice but to lay aside certain qualifications when looking for the right candidate to win the election. However, let us not forget this fable and the possible consequences of making small concessions. You may just be providing the handle for someone’s axe.

Thanks for reading,

RJP

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