The Hare and the Tortoise by AesopAs I was wandring through the internet, I came to find this:
We all know the story of the Tortoise and the Hare, but usually we are told that the moral is that “slow and steady wins the race.” This moral is simply wrong. It’s the wrong lesson to derive from the story, and is a foolish lesson at that. Rarely does going slow win any races. Going slowly is a good way to be careful, but that’s not what races are about. In fact, the real lesson is not about the tortoise at all, it’s about the hare.
The hare believes that he’s faster than the tortoise, and he’s right. In a flat out run, the hare will beat the tortoise every time. But the hare makes a huge mistake, believing in his ability but then not actually proving it. In life you may have great skill, one which everyone acknowledges, but you must still use that skill in competition to actually win competition. Overconfidence that leads to a lackadaisical attitude will often be punished by embarrassing failure.
While it is true that somebody with few skills but who works his ass off will sometimes beat out somebody lazy with lots of skills, the real lesson here is that you must use your abilities when they are called upon.
I re-read the fable and I think its an interesting point of view.
The Tortoise and the Hare Fairy Tales and Bedtime Stories for Kids
The Hare and The Tortoise
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. We all know the moral of the fable about the tortoise and the hare — perseverance beats speed. But Dallas-based executive coach David Cottrell believes another important lesson can be drawn from the ancient tale. After all, if the hare had run straight to the finish line, it would have won. Perseverance would not have beaten speed in that case. But the hare was so consumed with its talent that it forgot to use that gift, diverted by the prospect of a soothing nap. The tortoise never got distracted: It focused on the finish line.
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A Tortoise and Hare decide to race. The hare is so confident in the lead that he naps while the tortoise keeps going to win. Slow and steady wins the race. Aesop For Children. The Hare was much amused at the idea of running a race with the Tortoise, but for the fun of the thing he agreed. So the Fox, who had consented to act as judge, marked the distance and started the runners off.
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It's a slow and steady lie. I'm saying that the moral of The Tortoise and the Hare is a lie. Maybe the worst lie that has ever been told in the entire history of humanity. Actually, that's probably not true. A mean-spirited rabbit makes fun of a turtle for being slow. The turtle gets sick of the rabbit's constant bragging, so he challenges the rabbit to a race.