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

  1. Alex Buka
    May 16, 2016

    But it is easy to become a sheep when you are a wolf and so hardly possible to become a wolf when you are a sheep, don’t you agree?

    • Adrian W. Lilly
      May 17, 2016

      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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