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The Boy Who Cried Wolf September 3, 2010

Posted by rjpeel in Truth.
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The story of the boy who cried wolf has been used to teach children (and even those of us who are old enough to know better) a life lesson: if you raise a false alarm one too many times, no one will come to help you when the emergency is very real.

However, I think that this little story offers much more than this one lesson. In fact, there is another lesson at least as compelling as the lesson for the boy in the story–only, this lesson is one for the wolf.

If you are a wolf, and are interested in a smorgasbord of sheep (with the highest chance of success and the lowest risk of any personal harm), this story gives you the steps to achieve your goal:

  1. Identify the person or persons who have been selected to guard or protect the thing you’re after
  2. Perpetrate a false attack, but pull back as soon as the alarm is raised (leave no trace of your activities)
  3. Repeat step 2 until help is no longer coming
  4. Perpetrate a real attack
  5. Enjoy the fruits of your labor

The fact that this lesson exists in the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf provides the third, and probably most compelling lesson of all, the lesson to the villagers–what if the wolf is the one causing the false alarms? Can you really afford to let your guard down? Oh, and what exactly are the wolves going after?–because they’re probably wearing you down at this very  moment.

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