Show me a hero, and I’ ll write you a tragedy.
F. Scott Fitzgeral
When a man feels entitled to more than he deserves, frustration sets in. The deer will have basic deer problems that it can deal with, until it starts wondering how blood tastes. Suddenly, it begins to feel cheated and inferior because of its inability to capture prey – even of the meanest size.
As its frustrations mount, envy blinds it to what it has and it begins to desire what the lion has. And might even raise insinuations about marginalization. It starts a campaign of calumny maligning lions as evil and insensitive creatures whose only lust is for blood.
Anger drives it mad and fills it with messianic delusions casting it as the Savior of the world, from blood thirsty demons: lions. Suddenly, a once ‘peaceful’ world with normal problems is turned into a battlefield fuelled by the frustrations of a deer longing to be a lion. Starved and inflamed the lions strike; killing more deers than necessary in response to their resistance.
Now thoroughly battered and disheartened, the deers turn to their self-styled prophet, who conjures up dreams and visions of a better world without lions – a world, of course, which takes no cognizance of the welfare of grasses. Undeterred by the implication of eradicating the lions, Savior-deer strengthens his hold on his people using empty words of hope based on the supposition that God is
on their side. And so the battle rages and the casualties mount – badly lopsided to one side.
The Prophet’s words of encouragement ring out over the air waves – aluta continua, victoria aceta. But only the former proves true, while the latter, @victoria, fades away like mist before the rising sun. Unfortunately for the deer community, the battle line had been drawn and the initial relative peace is gone.
The prophet meets his end ultimately, but his message of hope lives on, only slightly altered – aluta continua, victoria in heaven. Victoria on earth having become impossible, the deers must hope for a mythical ‘ new world’ , where deers will reign over lions and all the other infidels such as zebras, reptiles and so on. And thus satiate a lust for blood (power) which secretly started it all.