“Two hoses were carrying two loads.
The front Horse went well, but the rear horse was lazy.
The men began to pile the rear Horse’s load on the front Horse; when they had transferred it all, the rear Horse found it easy going, and he said to the front Horse: ‘Toil and sweat! The more you try, the more you have to suffer.’
When they reached the tavern, the owner said; ‘Why should I fodder two horses when I carry all on one? I had better give the one all the food it wants, and cut the throat of the other; at least I shall have the hide.’
And so he did.”
LEO TOLSTOY, 1828-1910
(As quoted in ‘The 48 Laws of Power’ by Robert Greene)