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Polaris AB: The Fable Collection of Short Stories
The animals of the mountains, the grasslands, the rivers and the forest had a Lion as their King.
It had always been that way, that a mighty Lion rule over them. The Lion took his lofty position on a high rock with a grand view over the entire land. The years had advanced him in age so he gathered his two sons together and asked them, how would they rule the kingdom if one day, they should became King.
The elder son's nature was impatient, wrathful, cruel and resentful about the freedom the other animals had roaming the lands, grazing, feeding and producing more of their kind.
He replied - "I would let all the animals know that I was King and I would ensure that they know their place within my kingdom. I would make sure that the antelope did not grow too great in number and eat all the grass that we use to hide within when hunting them. I would command that the buffalo and zebra waited until after we had drunk our fill of the waterhole each day before making the water muddy and gritty with all their constant visits. I would threaten the vultures and hyenas with banishment unless they leave us undisturbed until after we had finished our meals. Oh yes, I would make many changes so that each of my subjects knew my power as King".
The younger son, had been listening to all that his elder brother had been saying. His nature was gentler, kind and considerate of others for he had enjoyed spending time observing and living amongst the other animals.
The King asked him - ....."and what would you do if you were King, my son"?
"Father, I would ask each of the animals to decide upon one individual from amongst them that could represent their kind. For those who live in the mountains know nothing of the ways of those who live in the fields. Those who live in the forests know nothing of those that live within the rivers and lakes. I would ask for those representatives to come to me and tell about the needs and desires of their kind, so that I may listen to what each of them have to say and then I would be well informed about all that took place throughout the entire kingdom. I would teach them not to fear one another just because they were unfamiliar of the way by which they each chose to live. This would allow me to rule as King in a fair and just manner knowing the nature of all my subjects".
And the Moral of the story is:
The few who have privileged positions, should not decide themselves what is best for all others for they will only choose what is best for themselves.
To be well informed about the diversity of nature, is to understand the needs of the many.