The Horse and the Sports Car: A Parable

An old farmer was stuck in the horse and buggy age. Whenever he wanted to go into town, which really wasn’t that far away, he’d have to go out to the barn, hitch his ornery old horse, kicking and biting, to his buckboard, for a bumpy ride into town. Coming back, he’d have to unhitch the animal, with all the unpleasantness that involved, put away the harness and gear, and end the day exhausted.

One day, the farmer decided he’d had enough, and he bought himself a brand new, shiny red sports car. Now, a trip to town was ten minutes, round trip, and the farmer was exhilarated by the ride.

The mean, ornery old horse turned to his stablemates and said, “It was my policies that made this happen!”

Remember this story whenever a horse, or at least, a horse’s behind, tries to take credit for something he not only didn’t do, but couldn’t do.


Mike A.K.A. Proof  writes at Proof Positive