August 18, 2022




The Dog And His Reflection by Aesop

A Dog, to whom the butcher had thrown a bone, was hurrying home with his prize as fast as he could go. As he crossed a narrow footbridge, he happened to look down and saw himself reflected in the quiet water as if in a mirror. But the greedy Dog thought he saw a real Dog carrying a bone much bigger than his own.

If he had stopped to think he would have known better. But instead of thinking, he dropped his bone and sprang at the Dog in the river, only to find himself swimming for dear life to reach the shore. At last he managed to scramble out, and as he stood sadly thinking about the good bone he had lost, he realized what a stupid Dog he had been.

The fable of the greedy dog serves as a potent reminder of the dangers of succumbing to our baser instincts, in particular, the all-consuming nature of greed. In our pursuit of more, we often lose sight of what we already have and, in the process, risk losing everything.

The dog in the story, blinded by his greed, fails to recognize the reflection in the water for what it truly is - an illusion. Instead of appreciating the good fortune of receiving a bone from the butcher, he becomes consumed by the desire for a bigger prize. In his haste and lack of reflection, the dog ultimately loses the very thing he was trying to protect and enhance.

This tale teaches us to be grateful for the blessings we already possess and to avoid being swept away by the pursuit of more. It encourages us to take a step back, evaluate our circumstances, and appreciate the present moment. Moreover, it serves as a reminder that, in our quest for more, we should not act impulsively, but rather take the time to think critically about our decisions and their potential consequences.In today's fast-paced, materialistic world, the message of the greedy dog is more relevant than ever.

It invites us to resist the endless cycle of wanting more and instead to cultivate a mindset of gratitude and contentment with what we have. By doing so, we may find ourselves not only happier but also less likely to squander the valuable things already in our possession.

About the author

Alex Brogan writes about mental models, decision making, and personal development.

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