Dark Quotes: Words of Wisdom (?) from Benjamin Franklin

Ben-Franklin-quote-make-yourself-sheep-and-the-wolves-will-eat-youI love wisdom passed down in pithy, easily regurgitated quotes. This one from Benjamin Franklin makes great use of the (often misplaced) human fear of wolves to make a political statement.

One has to wonder about the double-edged sword of these words, however. Does the advice eschew acts of kindness and generosity, thus making more wolves? We tread a fine line, in wanting not to be taken advantage of, in stead of becoming callous to the needs of others.

 

 

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2 Comments

    1. Thank you for your thoughts! My question back to you is what is the incentive for the wolf to change? He’s so used to getting what he wants. I think that the real worry is the sheep turning on each other in fear of falling prey.

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