Sunday, December 15, 2013

"The Boy Who Cried Wolf" Is Stupid

The story of the boy who cried wolf teaches a valuable lesson: those who consistently lie will lose their credibility. The problem is that it's kind of a stupid story. 

Think about it. Your village raises sheep and wolves are a real risk. If your watch out lied about seeing wolves, he should have been beaten and scolded for doing so. If they gave him a second chance and the boy lied again, he should have been fired. The boy shouldn't have even been given a third chance, but since they did, then there was no reason to ignore the boy's cries. These sheep were the village's livelihood; they should have ran out to check on every alarm. 

Every way that you examine the story, it is riddled with plot holes. I understand that it's a story for children, and that children generally don't pick apart the plot of these stories, but I just feel like there should be better stories to teach us that lying is bad. 

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