Of Mice and Weasels

August 31, 2016

From the desk of Dr. Kevin Kirk, president of Community Care College, Clary Sage College, and Oklahoma Technical College.

Have you ever been so full of pride that it costs you a relationship, friendship or more?

In an Aesop’s fable, “The Mice and the Weasels” the mice were being soundly thrashed by the weasels in their skirmishes. The mice called a meeting to discuss their dilemma. They reached the conclusion that they were ineffective in their opposition because they had no one who was in command. They selected leaders.

Unfortunately, the new commanders were filled with pride when elevated to their new position. The officers felt their new role and responsibilities should put them in places of distinction from their lowly peers. Heavy medals were pinned upon their chests. Enormous horns were placed upon their heads. But alas, their new look didn’t change the outcome. It was weasels all the way in the next battle. The mice retreated once more. All scampered back to safety except for the commanders, who couldn’t make it into the escape hole because of their tall, fancy horns.

The moral of the story is clear, pride often costs us a lot. Sometimes, we pay for it with our very lives.