Aesop’s Fable – The Fox and the Lion

Ever wonder where the phrase “familiarity breeds contempt” comes from?  Well…  Once upon a time, there was The Fox and the Lion…

A very young Fox, who had never before seen a Lion, happened to meet one in the forest. A single look was enough to send the Fox off at top speed for the nearest hiding place.

The second time the Fox saw the Lion he stopped behind a tree to look at him a moment before slinking away. But the third time, the Fox went boldly up to the Lion and, without turning a hair, said, “Hello, there, old top.”

The moral of the story:  Familiarity breeds contempt, or, acquaintance with evil blinds us to its dangers.


About Barbara Dillon Hillas

Mother of global nomads; wife of diplomat; peripatetic lawyer; annotator of foreign service life, rule of law, culture, travel, & whatever strikes my fancy.
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