Part of today’s reading was a very interesting fable from Aesop called The Frogs Who Wished for a King. The frogs in this story are “tired of governing themselves.” So, they ask Jupiter for a king, one who will “rule them in a way to make them know they were being ruled.” They also want someone who really acts like royalty and will “entertain them with pomp and display.”
In the beginning, Jupiter tries to protect them from their own desires. He sends them a mock king, King Log, who begins his rule with the appearance of greatness without actually interfering in the lives of the frogs. But they are not content, and complain to Jupiter once again. The story continues:
To teach the Frogs a lesson the ruler…now sent a Crane to be king of Frogland. The Crane proved to be a very different sort of king from old King Log. He gobbled up the poor Frogs right and left and they soon saw what fools they had been. In mournful croaks they begged Jupiter to take away the cruel tyrant before they should all be destroyed.
“How now!” cried Jupiter. “Are you not yet content? You have what you asked for and so you have only yourselves to blame for your misfortunes.”
Be sure you can better your condition before you seek to change.
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