A Cautionary Tale

Mia lived near a small village on the edge of the woods.  The old woman spent her days working around her house and puttering in her garden.  Occasionally she went into the village.  One day, as she was walking down the dirt road that led into the village, she met a traveler.

As they approached each other, Mia nodded her head and said,”Good morning, traveler!  What a beautiful day it is today!  I’ve never seen the sky so blue!”

The traveler glared at her and replied, “What are you talking about?  The sky isn’t blue!  It is grey!”

It shocked Mia to be spoken to in such a harsh tone.  She knew that the sky was blue, but she didn’t want to offend the traveler and so she stated, “I believe it is blue, you believe it is grey.  I believe what I believe and you believe what you believe.  I will never judge you by what you believe.  But you WILL be judged by your actions.  Can’t we agree to disagree?”

“Humph!” replied the stranger, but he continued on his way.

As she traveled through the village, she happened upon another stranger.  “Good morning, stranger,” she said.  “What a beautiful day it is today!  I’ve never seen the sky so blue!”

The stranger looked at her as he shouted, “What are you talking about?  The sky isn’t blue!  It is green!”

Again, Mia was rather taken back by this unusual response, but she replied, “I believe it is blue, you believe it is green.  I believe what I believe and you believe what you believe.  I will never judge you by what you believe.  But you WILL be judged by your action.  Can’t we agree to disagree?”

The stranger shrugged his shoulders and continued down the street.  “Foolish woman.”  he muttered under his breath.

Near the village square, Mia came across a young girl playing in the fountain.  As she approached, she said, “  Good morning!  What a beautiful day!  I don’t think I have ever seen the sky so blue!”

“You are a stupid old woman!  Can’t you see anything?  The sky isn’t blue–it is yellow!  How can you be such an idiot?”  replied the girl.

Mia tilted her head and looked at her in shock.   “I believe it is blue, you believe it is yellow.  I believe what I believe and you believe what you believe.  I will never judge you by what you believe.  But you WILL be judged by your actions.  Can’t we agree to disagree?”

“NO!”  shouted the young girl.  “I will never agree to disagree with you!  You are stupid and ugly.  You don’t know anything!  Why can’t you see that the sky is yellow you old hag?”  And she threw a stone at Mia.  At that, she ran down the street to join some of her friends.

Mia continued down the village road.

The young girl and her friends soon surrounded the old woman.  They started chanting, “You are a stupid old hag.  You don’t know anything.  Everyone knows that the sky is yellow.  Why can’t you see that?”  And with that, they all began to throw stones at her.

Again Mia replied, “I believe the sky is blue, you believe it is yellow.  I believe what I believe and you believe what you believe.  I will never judge you by what you believe.  But you WILL be judged by your actions.  Can’t we agree to disagree?”

The girl and her friends continued to yell insults and throw rocks.  “If you can’t see that the sky is yellow, we will put out your eyes so that you will not be able to see anything!”  yelled one of the youngsters.  And with that, the youngster poked the old woman in the eye with a stick.

“Why do you insist that I am wrong?  Why do you insist that I must believe the way you do?  I haven’t judged you for your beliefs, why should you judge me for mine?”

The young girl replied,  “Because if you go around telling people that the sky is blue, people might believe you.  If that happened, we would look foolish.  We don’t want the whole village to think that we don’t know what we are talking about!”  And with that, she poked Mia’s other eye out.

Now, the people of the village knew that the sky was blue and they knew what these youngsters were doing.  Some of them tried to come to Mia’s aid, but the girl poke at their eyes with a stick.  She wounded some, and some managed to get away unscathed.

The young girl and her friends began to post fliers all over town that read:  THE SKY IS YELLOW!  IF YOU DISAGREE, WE WILL POKE OUT YOUR EYES!

And so, time passed.

One day, Mia returned to the village.  As she passed a rose bush, she said, “What a beautiful fragrance!  This must be a rose bush!  It smells wonderful!”

As it happened, the young girl and her friends where standing nearby and overheard what she said.  One of the friends said,  “You are a stupid old hag.  You don’t know anything.  Roses smell terrible!”

Again Mia replied, “I believe the roses smells wonderful, you believe they smell terrible.  I believe what I believe and you believe what you believe.  I will never judge you by what you believe.  But you WILL be judged by your actions.  Can’t we agree to disagree?”

The girl and her friends hurled more insults and threats.  “If you can’t agree that the roses smell terrible, we will cut off your nose so that you won’t be able to smell anything!  And with that, the girl whacked off the old woman’s nose.

“Why do you insist that I am wrong?  Why do you insist that I must believe the way you do?  I haven’t judged you for your beliefs, why should you judge me for mine?”

The young girl replied,  “Because if you go around telling people that the roses smell wonderful, people might believe you.  If that happened, we would look foolish.  We don’t want the whole village to think that we don’t know what we are talking about!”

Again, the other villagers stood by watching–not knowing what to do.  And it wasn’t long before there were signs all over town saying:  ROSES SMELL TERRIBLE.  IF YOU DISAGREE, WE WILL CUT OFF YOUR NOSE!

And so time passed.

Weeks later, Mia returned to town.  As she passed the village square, she heard a band playing.  “My!  What beautiful music the band makes!”

Again, the young girl and her friends overheard what she said.

“You stupid old hag.  You don’t know anything.  Everyone knows that the band sounds awful.  Why can’t you understand that?”

Mia replied, “I believe the band makes beautiful music, you believe it does not.  I believe what I believe and you believe what you believe.  I will never judge you by what you believe.  But you WILL be judged by your actions.  Can’t we agree to disagree?”

“When will you learn, old woman?  We decide what is good and bad.”   And with that she cut off Mia’s ears.

The villagers were appalled by the actions of the children.  But, they had no idea what to do.  And soon, there appeared signs saying:  THE BAND SOUNDS AWFUL!  IF YOU DISAGREE, WE WILL CUT OFF YOUR EARS!

And so time passed.

One day, Mia found that she needed to go back in to town.  As she passed the bakery, the baker stepped out and handed her a delectable piece of cake.  Mia exclaimed,  “Oh, my!  That is the best piece of cake I have ever tasted!  Thank you, baker!”

As luck would have it, the young girl and her friends were passing the bakery just as the old woman was thanking the baker.

“You stupid old hag!  Everyone knows that the baker’s cake is the worst in the kingdom!  You know nothing!!”  the children yelled at her.

Mia replied, “I believe the baker’s cake tastes wonderful, you believe it does not.  I believe what I believe and you believe what you believe.  I will never judge you by what you believe.  But you WILL be judged by your actions.  Can’t we agree to disagree?”

“You really will never learn, will you?  We decide what things look like, smell like, sound like and taste like around here!”  the young girl said.  And with that, she cut out Mia’s tongue.

Once again the villagers were horrified by the actions of the children.  But, they had no idea what to do.  And soon, there appeared signs saying:  THE BAKER’S CAKE TASTE TERRIBLE!  IF YOU DISAGREE, WE WILL CUT OUT YOUR TONGUE!

Behind closed doors the villagers would talk to each other.  They agreed that the sky was blue, the roses smelled wonderful and the band made beautiful music.  They loved the cake that the baker made.  But, no one wanted to cross the children because they were afraid of the consequences.  And so, the people of the village continued to live day in and day out–not saying what they believed, because they were afraid of what might happen.

One day, in the spring, word came that they were going to be visited by the prince and princess.  Everyone was excited, for the prince and princess very seldom left the castle.

On the day of their arrival, as the prince and princess rode through the streets, the the band played.  The baker made a cake and offer a piece to each of them as they rode through the streets.  Soon the prince and princess began to see the signs:

THE SKY IS YELLOW!  IF YOU DISAGREE, WE WILL POKE OUT YOUR EYES!

ROSES SMELL TERRIBLE.  IF YOU DISAGREE, WE WILL CUT OFF YOUR NOSE!

THE BAND SOUNDS AWFUL!  IF YOU DISAGREE, WE WILL CUT OFF YOUR EARS!

THE BAKER’S CAKE TASTE TERRIBLE!  IF YOU DISAGREE, WE WILL CUT OUT YOUR TONGUE!

The prince and princess looked at each other.  “What’s this?”  the prince said.  “The sky is blue, not yellow!  Roses smell wonderful, not terrible!  The band has been playing all this time and their music is beautiful!  And I have tasted the baker’s cake–it is some of the best cake I have ever had.”  To the villagers he said,  “Who is responsible for these signs?”

The villagers pointed at the girl and her friends.

“Why have you done this?”  asked the princess.

The girl ducked her head in shame and replied, “We knew we were wrong, but we thought if we could convince people we were right–we would not look foolish.”

The prince said, “And you believed that by threatening people, you could force them to believe as you did?  Have you never heard the saying–agree to disagree?  There is no need for threats.”

One of the villagers stepped forward.  He removed his hat and lowered his gaze as he said, “Your highness.  We knew that these youngsters were wrong.  We didn’t know what to do.  There is an old woman that lives at the edge of the woods.  They did each of these things to her–and we were afraid they would do the same to us.”

The prince and princess looked at the man and shook their heads.  “Bring me the woman,” said the prince.

The villager hurried away from the crowd and soon brought Mia to stand before the prince and the princess.  Their eyes filled with tears and their hearts were heavy.  How could someone in their kingdom be so cruel?  They thought about it for a long time.  They consulted their advisers as to what should be done and it was decided that someone more powerful than they, should make the decision as to how it should be handled.

There was a a powerful sorcerer in the kingdom.  His power was feared, but the people knew he was fair and always did the right thing.  It was decided that the sorcerer would be summoned.  He was told of the cruelty of the girl and her friends.  He saw the harm that was done to Mia and the fear that had haunted the villagers.  When he had made his decision and was ready, the prince and princess called together all of the villagers.  The girl and her friends stood before the couple.

The prince glared at the girl and her friends.  “Your actions have caused harm to Mia and to the people of this village.   All should be allowed to believe what they believe.  They should be allowed to believe what they believe with no judgements.   No one should ever be judged on what they believe.  In your desire to force people to agree with you, you have caused harm.  You are not being judged by what you believe, but by the actions you took.  It’s too bad that you didn’t  agree to disagree.”

With that, the prince looked at the sorcerer. The sorcerer looked at the girl and her friends.  “You have made some terrible decisions in the attempt to make people agree with you and you have injured one who stood against you.  Your fear of looking foolish and the actions you took were founded in hate, fear, and the desire for power.  For those things, you will be judged.  The sorcerer, Ka Rma, waved his hand and in a puff of smoke, the girl and all her friends were all turned into asses.  And that is how they lived out the rest of their lives.

THE END

Moral:  It is far better to agree to disagree than to live your life as an ass.

This story is dedicated to ALL the fans that have behaved so poorly.  If you look into your heart, you will know who you are.

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17 Responses

  1. Thank you for posting, Unfortunately few of the ones who need to will recognize themselves.

  2. Beautifully written! Thank you! Could not agree more.

  3. And, to be honest, I am one of those fans that could not agree to disagree with some of the people who choose to believe Kristen cheated, they broke up then and now and in doing so, stooped down to their level. I haven’t done anything like that for awhile but still, just because I believe in Rob and Kristen does not mean I should hackel the so called ‘haters’ , so again, thank you….I hope we can all be more civil.

  4. Thank you for the post. I tweeted the post into my TL, as this is also a post that needs to be read by so many people.

  5. Your story was great and do very true. I have been reading your blog for a while and think you are a great person. Thanks for all you do.

  6. Very good post Sue! Thank you.

    Sent from my iPhone

  7. I love your story and happy to read it I think it,s so stupid for the way these haters are still writing all this shit about them it need to stop and leave them alone. Love you keep up the good work keep up to what,s going on thank you

  8. Excellent as always.

  9. Your story reflects very well the ideology of totalitarian states.This one reminded me of the years when people like Mia went throught harsh prison.Tabloids policy is very damaging for free spirit and analitycal mind.Their motto”Belive what we tell you and don’t bother to think again” is very dangerous.I think even criminals don”t get such treatment as Robert and Kristen.

  10. Great job. I noticed that because these two have not created any new news that can be written about, they are again digging up the old lies to put anything out there. Better if there is nothing to write about find something or someone else to victimize. It is a sad world we live in when the lies are published and the truths stay hidden.

    • Amen CL, especially the last sentence.

      • I’ll second that Amen, turn on any nightly news cast anywhere in the world that has freedom of speech and You wonder if you landed on an Alien planet during the night. So much hatred and violence, it’s unfathomable.

  11. VEULENTSAVIOR__ As ever you are correct again. This fan base has gone so crazy they can no longer agree on the color of the sky. They are not down to taking voices, cutting off ears and noses or poking out eyes yet. But from their comments it’s plain that they’d like to.

    Instead because we are still a somewhat civilized society, they must be resigned to simply use words to slice and dice with. Some of the more vocal have become masters at the conscientious put down. The “this is for your own good” statement of fact according to their point of view.

    And our own point of view? Well, we’re not allowed to have one. We can’t be trusted to put two and two together. Any conclusion that we reach that does not include Rob qualifying for the playboy of the month is an error big enough to crash a super computer or a tiny mind. Take your pick.

    This intolerance extends not just outward to those we have long championed Kristen against but is also now filtering downward to people long trusted as friends. Lines have drawn so tightly that now any view that questions or takes a different slant is forbidden.

    Your story is so appropriate to the fan base as it stands now that I want to applaud you for showing us just what we are becoming. The whole thing should be disassembled and start again because as it is now we’re a tottering wreck. Tore up from the floor up and good for nothing but kindling. Now anyone who asks for change or tolerance is suspicious and possibly a trouble maker.

    The only thing in your story that I would change is there will soon be no need for that sorcerer. Because every day more and more of us are turning ourselves into asses. Now aint that a kick in the head?

  12. Alice I have to say you have my undivided attention with your comment.
    Your views are similar to ones that I have had on my mind for days.
    Unfortunately there is little we can do to change anything about this short of withdrawing all participation, that is.

    Somehow I can’t see that happening. Too many including myself like the sound of their own voice too much. And too many are too busy having their say to really stop and listen to what they’re saying.

    Unless something major changes, or unless we learn to get over ourselves, I’m afraid what’s happening to this fan base won’t be fixed because as Ron White so aptly put it, ” You can’t fix stupid.”

    Too many of us refuse to see the error of our own ways because we are so busy pointing out the error of our neighbors way. Consequently
    we are slowly getting to where we can’t even agree on the color of the sky, much less anything else. It’s sad and it’s true.

    Only no prince and princess are going to come along and correct the error of our ways and most of us won’t even notice we’re asses until someone tells us in plain words. And then do you know what 99% of us will think? ” Hey, I’m not the ass here buddy. That’s you.”

  13. Some months ago when Rob was filming in Aust. the rags were on fire with these two breaking up! All I know after months of “it’s over” there was Kristen at the airport to pick him up! We really don’t have the slightest clue as to what there up to? Right?

  14. bostongurl.. I think your comment just about sums it up. We can hope, but we don’t know. Only time will tell. If they are no longer part of
    each other’s life they will choose new loves. We were none made to live solitary lives; especially when so young as Rob and Kristen.

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