The Fable (continued)
The chiefs returned to their villages, but instead of doing what they had agreed, they said to their people, “Do not worry. Nothing has changed.” Soon their people began to suffer: The rains were light again, food stocks were running out, and doubts grew within them.
When the young lion realized that the chiefs had failed to act, he became really angry. Waving his stick once more, he called on the chiefs a second time: “You have to accept that things have changed. We need to build a new future together and fast.” He boldly took charge of the seed supply, sending more to the few chiefs who were adapting to suit the reduced pattern of rain.
At this, the simmering ...