Aesop Fable on Tyranny. A Creative Thinking Exercise.

Wenceslas Hollar - The wolf and the lamb (State 1)
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Aesop’s Fables provide moral lessons that can be used as exercises for creative thinking.  You can use this one, for example, as lunch or dinner conversation during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21.

The Wolf and the Lamb

A Wolf, meeting a Lamb which was astray from the fold, resolved not to
lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify Wolf’s right to eat it.

Wolf addressed the Lamb:
“Lamb, last year you grossly insulted me.”

“Indeed,” bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of voice, “I was not then born.”

Then said the Wolf, “You feed in my pasture.”

“No, good sir,” replied the Lamb, “I have not yet tasted grass.”

Again said the Wolf, “You drink of my well.”

“No,” exclaimed the Lamb, “I never yet drank water, for as yet my mother’s milk is both food and drink to me.”

Upon which the Wolf seized him and ate him up, saying, “Well! I won’t remain supperless, even though you refute every one of my statements.”

Aesop’s moral: The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.

Creativity Exercise

Imagine you are the lamb, what are ways to handle the situation so you don’t get eaten?

This is an example of something you can do with your family, team or group of friends during World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15 – 21 (WCIW).  See other examples for enlivening your WCIW at work, and at home.  Upload your event/activity/conversation for WCIW here.