The Two Bulls

There were once two bulls.
"It's not right that we must lead a life of endless labor," said one bull.
"I agree," said the other. bull "But what can we do?"
The more defiant bull refused to work and trampled on the yoke. The farmer then decided to butcher the bull for the meat.
When the other bull saw his fellow bull butchered, he ruminated on his own fate. "I must choose between two evils: labor and death. One should always choose the lesser of two evils, so I have no choice: I'll choose a life of labor over death."


Inspired byMille 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 283 in the book, which is not in Perry; it comes from the neo-Latin fabulist Desbillons.


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