The English Dog and the Lion Cub

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Posted on April 20, 2008 11:03 AM in Miscellaneous
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From Benjamin Franklin: An American Life:

[Concerned that the British did not fully understand the potential consequences of further alienating the American colonies, Franklin] published a parable in January 1770 about a young lion cub and a large English dog traveling together on a ship.

The dog picked on the lion cub and "frequently took its food by force."

But the lion grew and eventually became stronger than the dog.

One day, in response to all the insults, it smashed the dog with "a stunning blow," leaving the dog "regretting that he had not rather secured its friendship than provoked its enmity."

The parable was "humbly inscribed" to Lord Hillsborough [a senior British official in charge of colonial affairs]...

(Via Marc Andreessen).

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