A fox and a cat were out walking together when the fox began boasting how clever he was.
Fox: I’m prepared for any situation. I have a whole bag of tricks to choose from if my enemies try to capture me.
Cat: I’m afraid I’ve only got one trick, but it has always worked for me.
The fox looked at the cat.
Fox: One trick, how dumb is that? I’ve got hundreds of ways of escaping.
Cat: I still think it’s better to have one trick that works than waste time trying to choose from a dozen that might………….(said the cat softly)
Fox: Rubbish. You’re just not as smart as me.
Just then they heard a pack of dogs barking as they saw them coming towards them. The cat immediately ran up the nearest tree and hid on one of the highest branches.
Cat: That’s my trick. You better reach into that bag of tricks of yours and choose one right now or you’re history.
Fox: Ok, Ok, stay calm. (said the fox to himself) Should I run and hide behind the nearest hedge? Or should I jump down a burrow?
The dogs were getting closer and closer.
Fox: Down a burrow that’s the way to go.
The fox started running around the field looking for a burrow.
Fox: No, that one’s too small, I can’t get down far enough. This one’s too big, they could get down too. Maybe that one over there?
But it was too late. While the fox wasted time, confused by so many choices, the dogs caught him and killed him. The cat looked down sadly and said,
It’s better to have one safe way than a hundred you can’t choose from.