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Fable Aesop (620 BC - 560 BC)
The Goods And The Ills
All the Goods were once driven out by the Ills from that common
share which they each had in the affairs of mankind; for the Ills
by reason of their numbers had prevailed to possess the earth.
The Goods wafted themselves to heaven and asked for a righteous
vengeance on their persecutors. They entreated Jupiter that they
might no longer be associated with the Ills, as they had nothing in
common and could not live together, but were engaged in unceasing
warfare; and that an indissoluble law might be laid down for their
future protection. Jupiter granted their request and decreed that
henceforth the Ills should visit the earth in company with each other,
but that the Goods should one by one enter the habitations of men.
Hence it arises that Ills abound, for they come not one by one, but
in troops, and by no means singly: while the Goods proceed from
Jupiter, and are given, not alike to all, but singly, and separately;
and one by one to those who are able to discern them.
(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)
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