A donkey and a tiger were talking. The donkey said to the tiger, “The grass is blue.”
The tiger replied, “No, the grass is green.”
The discussion heated up, and the two decided to submit to arbitration, and for this they went before the lion, the King of the Jungle.
When they reached the forest clearing, where the lion was sitting on his throne, the donkey began to bray, “Your Highness, isn’t it true that the grass is blue?”
The lion replied, “Yes, the grass is blue.”
The donkey smiled and said, “The tiger disagrees with me, contradicts me, and annoys me. You must punish him.”
The lion then declared, “The tiger will be punished with five years of silence.”
The donkey jumped cheerfully and went on his way, braying, “The grass is blue. I am right, the grass is blue.”
The tiger accepted his punishment, but he asked the lion, “Your Majesty, why have you punished me? After all, the grass is green.”
The lion replied, “Yes, in fact, the grass is green.”
The tiger asked, “So why are you punishing me?”
The lion replied, “Your punishment has nothing to do with the question of whether the grass is blue or green. Your punishment is because a brave and intelligent creature like you wasted your time arguing with a donkey, and then, on top of that, you came to bother me with such a question.
“It’s a waste of time arguing with a fool and fanatic who does not care about truth or reality, but only about the victory of his beliefs and his illusions. Never waste time on arguments with someone like that.
“There are those who, no matter how many facts or how much evidence we present to them, are never willing to consider or accept it. And there are others who are so blinded by ego, hatred, and resentment, that all they want is to be right even if they are not.
“When ignorance screams, intelligence is silent. Your peace and quiet are worth more.”
Written for Sadje’s What Do You See prompt. photo credit: Arleen Wiese @ Unsplash.
Note: This fable is not original. I saw a version of it published on Facebook a while back and when I saw the photo in Sadje’s prompt, it reminded me of the fable, so I rewrote it here…mostly from memory. Please excuse me for not writing something original for this prompt, but I’m on vacation, so cut me some slack, will you?