The Horse and the Stag – A Fable by Aesop
“At one time the Horse had the plain entirely to himself. Then a
Stag intruded into his domain and shared his pasture. The Horse,
desiring to revenge himself on the stranger, asked a man if he
were willing to help him in punishing the Stag. The man replied
that if the Horse would receive a bit in his mouth and agree to
carry him, he would contrive effective weapons against the Stag.
The Horse consented and allowed the man to mount him. From that
hour he found that instead of obtaining revenge on the Stag, he
had enslaved himself to the service of man.”
If you are to live a life unshackled, your integrity must matter more to you than your desire to get even. For every time you sink to the level of your enemies and employ tactics which are beneath you, you enslave yourself to the source of the ill spirit you have embraced.