The Fable (continued)
As they started to work together—chiefs and villagers, East and West—a remarkable thing happened. The villagers looked at their reflection in the lake and the chiefs were no longer thick-skinned like hippos. They were no longer divided between East and West and the people were no longer blind. They had been magically transformed.
What had they become? Not slow elephants nor tall giraffes nor crafty hyenas, but animals that were faster and more cooperative. The chiefs said, “We have become like gazelles,” and the people happily responded, “Yes we are lean, adaptable, and ready to run energetically together to find the best pastures.”
Since that day there ...