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Sat Dec 19, 2020, 05:44 PM

A fable.

For many years the People of the Valley lived in peace and prosperity. Their fertile fields and extensive knowledge of the ways of growing things guaranteed yearly bountiful harvests. They traded with the People of the Outer Provinces, and while there were occasional disagreements, relations were peaceful and mutually beneficial.

As of late, however, the People of the Outer Provinces had become increasingly hostile to the People of the Valley. They were openly discussing the possibility invading the Valley and taking over the farms. The People of the Valley were becoming alarmed. If an invasion should happen, it was not at all clear that they could successfully repel the invaders. The People of the Outer Provinces were even talking about pressing the Valley People into lifelong forced servitude.

Finally, one of the wisest of the Valley People spoke up and said, "There is a way that we can keep our beautiful valley, but it requires extraordinary steadfast resolve."

"Yes? Tell us how?", said the people, because the talk of the People of the Outer Provinces had become most alarming.

"We must pledge a sacred oath", said the Wise One, "to each other and before the world, that, should the People of the Outer Provinces invade and prevail, we will set fire to our crops and our barns and our houses, slay our animals, and salt the fields. They will get nothing."

"But Wise One", they cried, "With no harvest and no houses, we will surely die!"

"Yes, but only if the armies of the People of the Outer Provinces actually do invade. They must realize that if they do, they will gain nothing. They will freeze and starve alongside us. They should be made to know that if they remain peaceful, we will trade with them on favorable terms and all will be adequately provisioned for the winter."

The people were much troubled and murmured among themselves. Finally the Wise One raised a hand and said, "Perhaps the only course is to risk all to gain all. You must ponder these things and search you innermost feelings, for we live in precarious times."

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There may be possibly some relevance to these times.

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Sat Dec 19, 2020, 06:01 PM

1. That's good!

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Sat Dec 19, 2020, 06:12 PM

2. Sounds like what a woman farmer wanted to do in Seven Samurai, but they didn't. Instead...

 


... they hired Samurai.

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