The Monkeys and the Moon
Once, in the distant past, there was a band of monkeys. They lived in a forest, and in the forest was a well.
One night, the leader of the band of monkeys peered into the well, and seeing the reflection of the moon in the water, said:
"Look! The moon has fallen into the well; we ought to get it out or our world will be without a moon."
The other monkeys looked into the well and saw that it was indeed so.
"Yes," they agreed. "We should certainly get the moon out of the well."
So the monkeys formed a chain, each holding onto the tail of the one before, while the monkey at the top of the chain held onto a branch to support them.
The branch began to bend under the weight of the monkeys as they lowered themselves into the well, and soon began to crack. The water was disturbed and the reflection of the moon disappeared, the branch broke, and the monkeys tumbled headlong into the well.
WHEN THE UNWISE HAVE AN UNWISE LEADER THEY ARE ALL LED TO RUIN.
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