There was a boy tending the sheep who would continually go up to the embankment and shout, ‘Help, there’s a wolf!’ The farmers would all come running only to find out that what the boy said was not true. Then one day there really was a wolf but when the boy shouted, they didn’t believe him and no one came to his aid. The whole flock was eaten by the wolf.
The story shows that this is how liars are rewarded: even if they tell the truth, no one believes them.
Resources & Sources
Aesop’s Fables are in the public domain, this one courtesy – mythfolklore.net/aesopica/oxford/151.htm
Wolves – morgueFile.com
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44 thoughts on “The Boy Who Cried ‘Wolf’”
I didn’t realize it was an Aesop’s fable. Thanks
Not sure I did until I looked it up … but it is 😀
People lie. It is a fact of life. Some lie by omission and some lie blatantly to your face. There are many reasons.
I wish I could say that I have never lied but then I would by lying. 😉
LOL, it’s honest Suz … and god is that the time … the night just appeared into the blog, again !
Dawn has just become daylight here.
4am in land of smiles …
So that would have been about 3 hours ago when I got up to take a short walk before crawling back under the covers for an extra hour lol
How’s your back ?
Been fantastic since the double whammy with Voltarin and heat packs. Started to twinge a little at work yesterday so I’m taking my wheat bag to work today.
Really glad to hear that … my dad has long term back pain from a sports injury …
Once I get it under control I’m booking in for a massage and then I need to start on strengthening exercises.
All sounds good, massage I’ve always found very beneficial, but haven’t had the time for quite a while … really I should make time as it’s around 1/5 to 1/10 the price of back home in the UK, here in thailand … I could be an Adonis by now !
bwahahaha. The Son sent me some money for Mother’s Day so I could have a massage. One of the girls I work with is a qualified massage therapist and runs a business so she’s my go-to when I need it. 🙂
So you’re all sorted then 😀
I’ve been told this story hundreds of times. Worth remembering.
True say that 😀
This story was so prominent to me when i was a kid. That and That song by Billy Joel. @honesty.
I think I like blogging because if I HAVE to lie – it is easier…cos if you had to look at me if I was trying to fibb…you would know for SURE. Nothing I detest more. Of course I have pulled one or two. …but never for long. Like five minutes!! LOL! HOWEVER I have also learned that brutal honesty is not always THAT good….some things ARE JUST BETTER LEFT UNSAID. Not always…it’s hard for me that. I think I have caused more awkwardness by being honest than if I had just shut the hell up cos no one was asking anyhow!! 😉 LOL
Thanks Belinda, it’s a story I think has much wisdom … and I love that you’re authentic lady … I know you’re considerate too … respect to saffer ladies !
STILL one of my favs 😀 (the story and YOU! 😛 )
LOL, whoops did I just say that out loud … doh ! … only kidding, you’re cool Belinds 😀
Oh I DO so like a little bit of ‘grrrr’ …*o* lo.
Letting out my inner tiger for a spin !
So pleasant 😀 The imagery is fantastic.
I’m a one line poet … yay !
Poetry in motion ….. F YEAH!!
Remind me of Team America World Police … have to finish my post on that one … maybe today’s the day … thanks hun, you’re on fire today !
In the blood bud 😉 – yeah – finish it (if you wish of course 😛 ) – I think I am over and out shortly. Chillaxing my wee self.
By the sounds you’re relaxing in that …
I am unwinding. No brain strain or tapping in or any of that…just wandering along – taking shit in gently 😉
LOL, at your leisure your highness !
Oh yes. Cant be asked tonight to rush myself along 😛
Normally you’re speedy gonzales, a real change of pace LOL
Fresh mountain air ey 😀 (and – …I dunno…just. Taking a step back 😉 )
Sleep well 😀
So good Don to hear you have never told a lie or haven’t done anything wrong, does this mean I can Trust everything you tell us, Wow that is so good.
But I agree with you Don some are dishonest and sometimes we don’t always recognize that they are till later, like with back stabbers and critical gossips, they are showing their dishonesty by doing this, I have known some to even produce evidence which was later shown to be false.
I would also love to be able to say all those in Churches don’t lie but that would be a lie. I seek to trust people whoever they are till they abuse my Trust but they don’t have to earn it or when have they done enough to prove they are trustworthy, it becomes my problem than not theirs.
Blogging presents many challenges, one is because we don’t know who we are really relating to, sometimes I have not been sure if it’s a man or a woman and some change their identity and start another Blog more than once, so who is lying and who is not! Facebook, Twitter etc etc have been proven not to be always reliable, do you remember the whisper that grew until unrecognizable they can be much the same.
I look for respect and kindness in others which is what I seek to show them, if it’s not there nor am I unless I feel the need to be. I will leave you a link, Don before this comment becomes a book, it shows the difference between a lie and a cover up for protection, it does have a Christian focus which I make no apology for but I’m sure you will find it different from the norm.
By the way Don you can trust -Grannie Annie , if I’m going to lie I will let you know, Trust me, would I lie!
Blessings – Anne
THank you lovely Anne … I would in the first instance draw your attention to my graphic in my disclaimer, that states, essentially “this is creative writing” … so don’t believe everything you read, especially if I didn’t write it !
All above agreed, you’ve got a crystal clear understanding of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” …
Checking out your link now
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Thanks for reblog 😀