Once upon a time a Wolf was drinking at a spring on a hillside, when looking up, what should he see but a Lamb just beginning to drink a little lower down. “There’s my supper,” he thought, “if only I can find some excuse to seize it.” Then he called out to the Lamb, “How dare you muddle the water that I am drinking?”
“No, Mr. Wolf, I’m sorry,” said the young lamb. “If the water is muddy up there, I couldn’t have caused it, for it runs down from you to me.”
“Well, then,” said the Wolf, “Why did you call me bad names this time last year?”
“I couldn’t have done that,” said the Lamb; “I am only six months old.”
“Well you feed in my pasture without my permission,” snarled the Wolf.
“Again Mr. Wolf, I am only six months old and haven’t began eating grass yet,” pleaded the Lamb.
“I don’t care,” bellowed the Wolf. “If it was not you, it was your father.” And with that he rushed the poor little Lamb and ate her all up.
Any excuse will serve a tyrant.
This old Aesop fable still holds true till this day. I’ve unfortunately caught someone stealing. There was no denying it. They were caught red handed. Theft in my opinion is immediate dismissal, but I was inquisitive. “For my own curiosity, why did you do it?” I asked.
After the initial dance of denial and trying to latch on to a misunderstanding defense, they sort of came clean. They told me because they felt like they had been cheated in the past and they were just trying in some twisted way to get even.
A Tyrant will always find a pretext for his Tyranny.