The Tortoise and the Hare

September 28, 2016: Disagree

The tortoise and the hare agreed to disagree. So, the hare sped ahead and the tortoise inched along. Neither of them were interested in racing the other: that would be as silly as asking a thief to look after your luggage. They reached this point of agreement during a disagreement on the benefits of speed. The tortoise argued that slow is better than fast. The hare scoffed, of course. They went back and forth and forth and back until they agreed to disagree. Not only did they fail in persuading each other, but they failed themselves.

We have two ears and one mouth, so we should listen more than we say”


5 thoughts on “The Tortoise and the Hare

  1. Why would they fail themselves? Sometimes it’s good to disagree. We can listen but we don’t have to agree. Disagreeing has many benefits – that’s when we get better inventions, better services, better products. It doesn’t matter if we disagree. What matters is to make sure that we disagree in an agreeable manner.

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    • Thanks for your comment and for your feedback. I can see now how I wasn’t very clear in conveying what I had in mind, which is that people ought to listen to each other, especially in cases when there is no clear answer: like whether fast or slow is best. The use of “agree to disagree” in this context was intended to express a kind of “giving up” just because the other person doesn’t adopt your position, versus recognizing the other person’s point of view. I realize that one can listen, recognize and still disagree, which is why I think I could have adjusted the story a bit to shift away from “disagreement” and towards “stubborn” and “not-listening”. You are right that there is value in disagreement, as long as one is listening to the other and acknowledging another view, especially when there is no right or wrong.

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