Thursday, December 21, 2006

Twisted Aesop Fables

Bashir: Do you know the story of the boy who cried wolf?

Garak: No.

Bashir: It's a children's story about a young shepherd boy who gets lonely while tending his flock. So he cries out to the villagers that a wolf is attacking the sheep. The people come running, but of course, there's no wolf. He claims that it's run away, and the villagers praise him for his vigilance.

Garak: Clever lad! A charming story.

Bashir: I'm not finished. The next day the boy does it again, and the next day, too. On the fourth day, a wolf really comes. The boy cries out at the top of his lungs, but the villagers ignore him... and the boy and his flock are gobbled up.

Garak: That's a little graphic for children, don't you think?

Bashir: But the point is that if you lie all the time, no one will believe you even if you're telling the truth.

Garak: Are you sure that's the point, Doctor?

Bashir: Of course, what else would it be?

Garak: That you should never tell the same lie twice.

Source: Star Trek DS9

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