Fable 99 - The Oak Trees and Zeus
The oak trees complained to Zeus:
‘We have lived out lives for nothing, grown up simply in order to be cut down. For, more than all the other trees, we are
exposed to the brutal blows of the axe.’
Zeus replied to them:
‘You are yourselves to blame. For, if you did not produce the handle of the axe, if you were not so useful to carpenters and in agriculture,
the axe would never fell you.’
Certain people who are the authors of their own ills foolishly cast the blame on to the gods.