I remember a parable from a book I read 2 summers ago (it’s been bothering me since then, aarrrrgh!) and I can’t remember the wording of the story OR which book it was in.
I seem to think it was from either 1984 or one of the Foundation novels from Asimov, because it was used to demonstrate the evils of having an untrustworthy ally that has consequences long after the alliance (maybe people being afraid of the Second Foundaion?), but it could be something else. I read about 15 books that summer because I had nothing better to do. Anyway, here it is (what I can remember of it):
A Horse is being terrorized by a Wolf. He realizes that the Man is also afraid of the wolf. The Horse approaches the Man and suggests they team up to defeat the Wolf. The Man puts a saddle and bridle on the horse, so they can fight the wolf together. Together, they defeat the Wolf. After the victory, the Horse thanks the Man and asks him to take off the saddle and bridle. The Man just laughs, tugs on the reigns, and rides the Horse back to his house.
That’s my paraphrase, which really sucks. If somebody can a) point me to the actual text of the story, and b) tell me which book I read it in, I’d be eternally grateful.