The Wild Boar and the Fox – Aesop’s Fable

The Story of the Wild Boar and the Fox

The Wild Boar and the Fox is a fable by Aesop, which reminds us to be prepared for what may happen, rather than waiting until it’s too late.

“Preparedness for war is the best guarantee of peace.”

Illustration: Ron Embleton

Once upon a time, a Wild Boar was sharpening his tusks on a tree stump when a Fox happened to pass by. The Fox, always seeking to make fun of others, pretended to look around anxiously, as if he was afraid of some hidden enemy. But the Boar kept right on with his work.

“Why are you doing that?” asked the Fox at last with a grin. “I don’t see any danger around here.”

“That may be true,” replied the Boar, “but when danger does come, I won’t have time to prepare my weapons. If I’m not ready, I’ll be the one who suffers.”

With that, the Fox realized his foolishness and left the Wild Boar to his important task.

The Story of the Wild Boar and the Fox
– Aesop’s Fable –

The Moral Lesson of the Wild Boar and the Fox

The lesson we can learn from the story of the Wild Boar and the Fox is that it’s always better to be prepared for the unexpected rather than waiting until it’s too late. By sharpening his tusks, the Wild Boar demonstrated that he was planning ahead and taking necessary measures to protect himself in case of danger. This is a valuable lesson that we can apply to our own lives by being ready for any situation that may arise.

Conversely, the Fox symbolizes those who are unprepared and do not take precautions. The Fox eventually realizes the significance of being prepared and leaves the Wild Boar to continue his task.

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