@GreenWeaver - I love fables, and you can’t deny the influence they’ve had in our modern discourse.
We still refer to them from time to time in our every day conversation. One of my favorites is The Story of Chicken Little. Some people say that it’s a story while others call it a fable. I belong to the latter group, because it has a clear moral lesson.
It hardly needs recounting here, because we’ve all heard it so many times. But I think of it anytime someone tries to throw me into a scare, whether that someone is the news media, a coworker, or whatever.
Sometimes there are legitimate reasons for caution, but at other times people scream “the sky is falling” because they are simply trying to capitalize on the hype.
We should always plan prudently for good times and bad; then we won’t be moved by hype and portents of calamity. That’s my philosophy anyway.