You know, the famed
slave-turned-storyteller who wrote all those old tales about talking animals
back in the day...
You've heard of me?
Oh good. That makes me quite happy
However that's not what I'm writing about
I'm actually writing about... you.
I was trying to come up with a tale with a
good moral recently, and suddenly the name Vassal's Fable popped into my
So today, I think I'll write a fable all
They're usually pretty short, actually
(maybe that's why they've lasted so long) -
So I've asked my good friend Jim Bullock if
he would be kind enough to type this one up for me now (I'm sure you wouldn't
want to hear it in my native Greek
and he agreed.
So here it is... I think I'll call it...
The Fable Of The Vassal And The Fox
|Vassal: serf, dependent, servant,
Once upon a time, an American vassal
(taxpayer) was sitting alone at his desk, wondering how in the world he could
make enough money to free up some time and enjoy life more.
Suddenly, a magic link appeared on his
The link said that it would show him why he
wasn't legally obligated to pay any federal income taxes, at least according to
The Vassal sat up a little straighter,
thinking to himself, "Oh - if I didn't have to pay income taxes I not only
could I pay off my bills, but the extra money might even allow me to...
actually be free!"
This thought was so exciting, he decided he
would go see how to do it.
But just then, a Fox appeared, sitting on
his desk between him and his computer...
"Hist! Don't click that link,"
Said the Fox.
"Well, why ever not?" said the Vassal.
"Because," said the Fox...
"It might not work out... you don't even
know how it works... and anyway, what makes you think YOU can do something,
just because somebody else can?"
The Vassal thought for a moment, then he
"What's so funny?" said the Fox, twitching
"Well, just that I know who you really
are," said the Vassal. "You haven't fooled me by appearing as a fox."
"Oh really," said the Fox. "If you think
you're so smart, then I'll make you a promise: if you can say my name, I'll
jump down and leave you alone."
The Vassal smiled.
"Your name is Doubt," you said.
And the Fox jumped down (but not before
trying to steal your mouse ).
And then, you clicked on that magic link that was still showing on
your computer screen, and made yourself more knowledgeable on how the powers
that be have been scamming you out of your hard earned money your entire
Moral of the story?
"Doubt shows up in many guises, but if you
call it by its name, it will get out of your way." (And sometimes, you find
a key to freedom in the bargain!)
Well that's your story for today. I hope
you liked it