An American Election Parable

October 6, 2016 § Leave a comment

An American Election Parable

Once upon a time there was a shepherd named Gumption.  He cared for a large flock of sheep.  He was helped by an aging Kangal guardian dog, bred and trained to protect sheep from predators like bears and wolves. Gumption’s faithful helper was named Hillary.

Gumption carried a single-barrel shotgun and, on the day of this story he had only one shell.

One afternoon a large wolf with a yellowish mane attacked Gumption’s flock.  The wolf had some features of being rabid but Gumption had no time to gauge his mental condition.  He was growling loudly and shaking his head from side to side.  His teeth were bared and he was snapping at some of the sheep.

A pet deer named Gary and a squirrel or two also mingled among the sheep and Gumption had considered using his gun on one of them so he could have a party feast that evening.  But that was before the wolf attacked his flock.

When the wolf attacked the flock, Gumption had to make a decision.  If he shot the wolf, he could not have venison for his party.  But if he did not shoot the wolf, he and his flock would be at deadly risk.  

Meanwhile Hillary was grappling with the wolf.  She had scars from many battles with wolves and her mane was no longer shiny and she had scars that affected her hearing sometimes, but her battles had strengthened her and her skills balanced well against her scars.

Gumption could not safely assume that Hillary would succeed in driving off the wolf and he realized his choice was  obvious.  He took aim and killed the wolf.

The moral of this story is that when one is confronting a wolf it is not sensible to waste ammunition on deer and squirrels .

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