A Fable From Aesop

Aesop was a writer (or teller) of fables who lived roughly 600 years before Christ.  Like Christ, we cannot be 100 percent sure that he existed.  Yet fables come down to us which are attributed to him….so for all intents and purposes, he  might as well have existed.  The following is a fable of Aesop’s which I came across earlier today.

The Dog And The Wolf

A gaunt wolf was almost dead with hunger when he happened to meet a House-dog who was passing by. “Ah, Cousin,” said the Dog, “I knew how it would be; your irregular life will soon be the ruin of you. Why do you not work steadily as I do, and get your food regularly given to you?”
“1 would have no objection,” said the Wolf, “if I could only get a place.”
“I will easily arrange that for you,” said the Dog; “come with me to my master and you shall share my work.” So the Wolf and the Dog went towards the town together. On the way there the Wolf noticed that the hair on a certain part of the Dog’s neck was very much worn away, so he asked him how that had come about.
“Oh, it is nothing,” said the Dog. “That is only the place where the collar is put on at night to keep me chained up; it chafes a bit, but one soon gets used to it.”
“Is that all?” said the Wolf. “Then goodbye to you, Master Dog.”
“Better starve free than to be a fat slave.”