Applied Virtue

The Old Man & The Viper

Photo credit Loren Moss, Scottsdale AZ 2015

There once was an old man who lived alone in a small cottage just outside of a town. The man was constantly tormented by an infestation of rodents that ate his food, gnawed at his meager belongings, and left filth and excrement about.

So the man trapped a viper and let it loose in the house, knowing that snakes prey on rodents.

Soon, all the rats were dead. So was the man.


Lesson: The enemy of your enemy is not always your friend.

Photo credit LC Moss, Scottsdale AZ 2015

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