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Fable Aesop
The Oxen And The Butchers
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The Oxen once upon a time sought to destroy the Butchers,
who practiced a trade destructive to their race. They assembled
on a certain day to carry out their purpose, and sharpened their
horns for the contest. But one of them who was exceedingly old
(for many a field had he plowed) thus spoke: "These Butchers,
it is true, slaughter us, but they do so with skillful hands, and with
no unnecessary pain. If we get rid of them, we shall fall into the
hands of unskillful operators, and thus suffer a double death: for
you may be assured, that though all the Butchers should perish,
yet will men never want beef."

Do not be in a hurry to change one evil for another.

(Translated by George Fyler Townsend, 1814-1900)
 

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