The Fable of
The Wolf and the Human
The wolf was walking along the sidewalk looking as best he could to be a large but friendly dog. He came across a man sitting on the curb and looking sad. A terrible tragedy appeared to have occurred. The wolf was aware of the reputation wolves had and knew the risks posed should his identity become known. Still, he was not without empathy and he was always in search of a good story.
“What’s wrong, man? You don’t look well.”
The human looked at the wolf and smiled confidently.
“You don’t fool me. You talk like a human, but I wasn’t born yesterday. I know a dog when I see one. And don’t think for a moment that I think you are a friendly dog. If I’ve learned anything in my life, it’s that looks can be deceiving.”
“I guess I can’t pull the wool over your eyes,” said the wolf who still looked like a dog and spoke like a human. “As I was saying, you don’t look well. What’s wrong?”
“Everything is wrong. A terrorist attack. A human has done great harm to his own kind. He has killed innocent people. He has destroyed all that was good and replaced it with evil.”
“I have heard of these terrorists, you speak of. They multiply like rabbits, I am told. Do you know what group this one belonged to?”
“This group? That group? What difference does it make? For all I know, he could have been a lone wolf.”
As he spoke these words, the human could have sworn he saw the dog cringe.
“I’m sorry. I meant you no harm. I know many people associate dogs with wolves—think they are one and the same. I assure you, I am not one of those people. Wolves are evil. Everyone knows this. Dogs—even one as large as yourself—are man’s best friend.”
“It’s the phrase itself. Lone wolf. I know what you humans mean when you speak it. A deranged individual, a loser, a man not so much without a heart as one without a soul. Someone for whom, life has no value. A monster able to create great destruction which greatly exceeds the measly little space he occupies in his very large world.”
The human was at a loss for words. He had never heard a human speak so eloquently, much less a dog.
“I suppose you are right. I haven’t thought about it much. Terms get thrown around a lot.”
“Do you know what I know about wolves?”
“I wouldn’t think you’d know anything about wolves.”
“And I don’t think you know anything about anything. So I will tell you what you don’t know. Wolves don’t kill other wolves. We don’t do so as individuals, nor in packs. We certainly don’t raise armies.
“In all of the animal kingdom, there is only one species that kills its own kind, and it does so in every imaginable way possible. Humans are, in fact, the most dangerous animal on the planet. They are a danger to themselves and to every other animal. They kill as lone individuals and as armies and everything in between.
“To call a lone human killer a lone wolf is an insult to every good wolf who has ever lived.”
“So now, you speak for wolves?”
“So now, I speak as a wolf.” As he said these words, his legs stiffened, his back arched and his muscles became taut. He raised his head until his eyes met the human’s eyes in what could only be described as a terrorizing moment.
The human realized for the first time that he was talking to a wolf. The first thought to cross his mind was that he did not have his gun with him. It was the second time in the last few minutes he had harbored that thought.
If I had my gun, I would shoot this bastard before he kills anyone.
That was the thought that popped into his head when he first saw the terrorist. What didn’t occur to him was that if the terrorist didn’t have a weapon, he wouldn’t need one, and no one would have died.
The wolf, who was very perceptive and thought he might even be endowed with a sixth sense, could only laugh and shake his head.
“You humans don’t have a clue. You kill every living creature you come across, including yourselves, and then brag about your great genes.
“Do you know that all of the species of animals alive today have been around longer than humans? They will still be here long after you are gone. Most of the animals that aren’t here are gone because of humans.”
“Not the dinosaurs.”
“No, not the dinosaurs, but it’s interesting that you bring them up. The dinosaurs were a victim of fate but they never succumbed to folly. They were around for over 165-million years. Humans have only been here for 200,000 years. Know why the dinosaurs lasted so long?”
“I haven’t thought about it.”
“They didn’t have trigger fingers. For all this time, humans have thought their thumbs were what separated them from all the other animals. I got news for you. It’s that trigger finger that’s going to do you in.”
“So we’re the bad guys?”
“You said it, not me. I’ve got another question for you. Do you know who kills most wolves?”
“Let me guess. Hunters? Human hunters?”
“Yeah, only we don’t call them hunters—or humans. We call them lone humans.”
With that, he lunged at the human, sinking his teeth into the human’s neck, using his paws to fight off the human arms that were flailing about like twigs in a hurricane. When the fight was over, the wolf dragged the human into an alley, where he left it for the rats to dispose of.
As he walked away, he turned back once and sneered.
“Now, that’s what a lone wolf terrorist attack looks like.”