The donkey, the tiger and the lion’s fable (and the blue grass) spotted on the networks is highly relevant in this age of one-track thinking and "woke culture", which is woke only by name. Those who have done some research only to confess at not having found a reliable source for the author. It does not appear in any of the 12 books of fables by the famous writer Jean de la Fontaine. Perhaps it comes straight out of popular wisdom with an 'awakened' conscience.
A donkey meets a tiger and says to it:
- Have you seen how blue the grass is?
The tiger replies:
- No, because in reality the grass is green.
The argument between the two escalates and they decide to submit it for arbitration to the lion, the "wise king" of the jungle.
Long before they reach the clearing where the lion is resting, the donkey starts shouting:
- Your Highness, isn't the grass blue?
The lion replies:
- Yes, of course the grass is blue.
The donkey insists and claims more:
- The tiger disagrees, he contradicts me and that annoys me. Please punish him!
The lion said:
- The tiger is punished by 5 years of silence.
The donkey keeps jumping joyfully and continues his way, happily repeating as he brays:
- The grass is blue... The grass is blue... It is blue... It is blue... It is blue... It is blue...
The tiger accepts his punishment, but asks the lion for an explanation:
- Your Highness, why did you punish me? After all, isn't grass green?
The lion replies:
- Yes, of course the grass is green.
The surprised tiger asks:
- Then why are you punishing me?
The lion explains:
- It has nothing to do with whether the grass is blue or green. Your punishment comes from the fact that it's unacceptable that a brave and intelligent creature like you has wasted time arguing with a mad and a fanatic being who doesn't care about truth or reality, but only about imposing his beliefs and illusions.
What's the moral of the fable? Never waste time with the arguments making no sense to some people... There are some who, no matter what evidence is presented to them, are unable to understand. And others, blinded by their ego, hatred and resentment, who only want one thing: to be right even if they are wrong. So, when dumbness cries out, intelligence keeps silent.
By the way, do you feel like a donkey, a tiger or a lion?