~ 2. The Angry Lion ~
There was once an enraged lion, filled with anger and hatred, hoping to find another lion he could fight with and kill.
Then, as he was looking down into a well, there it was: a lion had fallen in there.
It was just his own reflection in the water, of course, but he saw what he wanted to see.
The angry lion, convinced he had found the enemy he was hoping to find, sprang and jumped into the well, and he drowned.
So it is that those who are angry often do more harm to themselves than to anyone else.
Inspired by: Mille Fabulae et Una, a collection of Latin fables that I've edited, free to read online. I am not translating the Latin here; instead, I am just telling a 100-word version of the fable.
Notes: This is fable 2 in the book, and it is comes from a poem by Desbillions. Compare the more elaborate story of the rabbit and the lion: The Rabbit and the Angry Lion.