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The Fox and the Cat

The Fox and the Cat

Too many tricks up your sleeve? Maybe you just need one.

Reading Martin Meadow’s “Pure & Simple” book and he retold the fable of the fox and the cat. Here it is from Wikipedia:

In the basic story a cat and a fox discuss how many tricks and dodges they have. The fox boasts that he has many; the cat confesses to having only one. When hunters arrive with their dogs, the cat quickly climbs a tree, but the fox is caught by the hounds. — Wikipedia

Meadows goes into, for example, diets and how it doesn’t really matter which of the gazillion diets there are out there, just choose one and stick with it. But at diet is only a single example. The concept can be applied to so many things.

In case it’s not clear, the fox is caught by the hounds because he has to think. He has to make a decision and that takes time. The cat knows exactly what to do without thinking. In fact, there is no thought involved, the cat has no choices, it knows how to do one thing to escape capture (climb the tree).

Such a simple little fable and yet it can be applied to so much. Good work, Martin Meadow.


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