The Lion’s Share
A long time ago, the Lion, the Fox, the Jackal, and the Wolf agreed to go hunting together, sharing with each other whatever they found.
One day the Wolf ran down a Stag and immediately called his comrades to divide the spoil.
Without being asked, the Lion placed himself at the head of the feast to do the carving, and, with a great show of fairness, began to count the guests.
“One,” he said, counting on his claws, “that is myself the Lion. Two, that’s the Wolf, three, is the Jackal, and the Fox makes four.”
He then very carefully divided the Stag into four equal parts.
“I am King Lion,” he said, when he had finished, “so of course I get the first part. This next part falls to me because I am the strongest; and this is mine because I am the bravest.”
He now began to glare at the others very savagely. “If any of you have any claim to the part that is left,” he growled, stretching his claws meaningly, “now is the time to speak up.”
The Moral of the Story: Might makes right.
Aesop’s fable the, Lion Share, is a great example of the world we live in. To the powerful go the spoils, the spoils of war, the acquisition of land, and last but not least the privilege to write history in their favor.
This of course is the laws of nature. If it were not so, the species could not survive. In nature the strong is needed to carry on the genetic line.
What does separates us from the animal kingdom is our ability to reason. This reason gives us the ability not necessarily the capability to be benevolent and kind toward others even after conflict.
This reason or to some, free will, allows us to demonstrate our compassion or lack thereof to the human race. How through reason an entire nation can change. This change could be toward benevolence or totalitarianism.
While the law of nature will hold fast, our reason can work complex situations to the betterment of all and not the few or the one. Unlike the lion who only thought of himself.