A Farmer went to the nest of his goose to see whether she had laid an egg. To his surprise he found, instead of an ordinary goose egg, an egg of solid gold. Seizing the golden egg, he rushed to the house in great excitement to show it to his wife.
Every day thereafter the goose laid an egg of pure gold. But, as the farmer grew rich, he grew greedy. And thinking that if he killed the goose he could have all her treasure at once, he cut her open only to find – nothing at all.
Moral: “The Greedy Who Want More Loose All.”
Atlas Shrugged (a small portion of Chapter X)
“Looking down, they could see the last convulsions: the lights of the cars were darting through the streets, like animals trapped in a maze, frantically seeking an exit, the bridges were jammed with cars, the approaches to the bridges were veins of massed headlights, glittering bottlenecks stopping all motion, and the desperate screaming of sirens reached faintly to the night of the plane. The news of the continent’s severed artery had now engulfed the city, men were deserting their posts, trying, in panic, to abandon New York, seeking escape where all roads were cut off and escape was no longer possible.
“The plane was above the peaks of the skyscrapers when suddenly, with the abruptness of a shudder, as if the ground had parted to engulf it, the city disappeared from the face of the earth. It took them a moment to realize that the panic had reached the power stations – and that the lights of New York had gone out.”
If you aren’t familiar with Ayn Rand, this one is a hefty tome to start with. However, it has some really profound ideas and possibly prophetic stories. She was more optimistic than I in many ways. In an excerpt from a 1964 interview with Playboy magazine, Rand states “What we have today is not a capitalist society, but a mixed economy – that is, a mixture of freedom and controls, which, by the presently dominant trend, is moving toward dictatorship. The action in Atlas Shrugged takes place at a time when society has reached the stage of dictatorship. When and if this happens, that will be the time to go on strike, but not until then.” [See Wikipedia’s Atlas Shrugged Article under “Setting” for this citation.]
But, anyway, this was the scene that came to mind when I read this Aesop Fable. I don’t know if anyone else would make that tie.