MacAesops fables #4 – The Lion and the statue

Our fourth Sunday outpouring of sanctimony and self-righteous morality to be taken as seriously as a Tory line drawn in the sand

A SCOT and a Lion were discussing the relative strength of Scots and lions in general.  The Scot contended that he and his fellows were stronger than lions by reason of their greater intelligence.

“Come now with me,” he cried, “and I will soon prove that I am right.”  So he took him into the public gardens and showed him a statue of The Bruce overcoming a Lion and tearing his kingdom in two.

“That is all very well,” said the Lion, “but proves nothing, for it was a Scot who made the statue.”

 Analysis: When matters of great importance arise and we have to make important decisions, the moral of the story is clear: We can easily represent things as we wish them to be. The wiser man views things more cautiously. Politicians of all colours open their mouths and talk to us in newspeak or duckspeak. Reading between the lines often gets to the heart of the matter. Taking a politician literally leads you into a wood which you’ll never properly see for all the trees getting in the way.

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