A fox tumbled into a water tank and could not get out. Along came a thirsty goat, and seeing the fox, asked him if the water was good? The fox jumped jumped at the chance. He sang the praises of of the water with all the eloquence at his command and urged the goat to come down.
The goat was so thirsty that he went down without stopping to think and drank his fill. Then they began to consider how they were to get up again. “I have a good idea,” said the fox, “That is, if you willing to do something to help us both. Be so kind as to place your forefeet against the wall and hold your horns straight up. Then I can climb up, and pull you up too.”
The goat was glad to enough to comply. The fox clambered nimbly over his haunches, shoulders, and horns reaching the edge of the tank, and began to make off. The goat complained that he had broken their compact. But he only came back to say, “You have more hairs in your beard than brains in your head my friend, otherwise, you wouldn’t have gone down without thinking how you were going to get up.”
A sensible person never embarks on an enterprise, until they can see their way clear to the end of it. (source:Penguin Classics – Fables of Aesop – “Look Before You Leap”)
What can be learned from such an ancient philosopher as Aesop? Lessons like, think carefully before acting, and avoid those, who you suspect trade in such an unfortunate human trait. Be careful because today the landscape of taking advantage of others for personal gain, and then gloating about it, as did our fox. Seems to be a trait gaining popularity and acceptance.
It had its beginning centuries ago, when the most deceitful character ever, Genesis 3:1. Who had ulterior motives, when he made a trip to the Garden of Eden. And said to Eve, you know, that if you disobey God you will not die. In fact, you will be as gods, Genesis 3:4-5. As some say, side bar your honor, from the previous discussions that’s what constitutes blasphemy.
What the serpent told Eve represents the greatest hoax anyone ever pulled of, greater than the one pulled of by our sly fox, who had his own ulterior motive. The greatest hoax ever because it changed the conditions of life for humanity forever. Ushering in these consequences.
For women, perpetual hardships through child bearing and the burden of male dominance, verse 16. And for her husband, an equal partner in disobeying God, sorrowful labor just to eat, followed by death, verses 17-19.
The saga continues today with different players, same results. One upmanship is a human trait and for the ones hoaxed discomfort like that of our poor goat. All because they failed to consider the consequences. But for the hoax of all time hardships, and death.
As far as the serpent’s motive, then, today and into the future. Corrupt and destroy, as many people as possible.