The Oxen and the Butchers
The Oxen once
upon a time sought
to destroy the Butchers, who practiced a trade destructive to their
They assembled on a certain day to carry out their purpose, and
their horns for the contest.
But one of
them who was exceedingly
old (for many a field had he plowed) thus spoke:
Butchers, it is true,
slaughter us, but they do so with skillful hands, and with no
pain. If we get rid of them, we shall fall into the hands of unskillful
operators, and thus suffer a double death: for you may be assured, that
though all the Butchers should perish, yet will men never want
Do not be
in a hurry to change one evil for another.