Aesops’ Fables includes the story of a man who owned a proud and handsome horse and an ugly, broken-down old donkey. One day, as they set out on a long journey, the man placed the full burden of carrying the supplies on the donkey. This weakened the donkey so that the poor animal asked the horse to bear part of the load. “If you would take a fair portion, I shall soon get strong again; but if you refuse to help me this weight will kill me,” the donkey said. The horse told the donkey to get on with his work and refused to carry part of the burden. Because the horse would not “lift a finger,” so to speak,…

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