The Goods and the Ills

: Aesop's Fables

ALL the Goods were once driven out by the Ills from that common

share which they each had in the affairs of mankind; for the Ills

by reason of their numbers had prevailed to possess the earth.

The Goods wafted themselves to heaven and asked for a righteous

vengeance on their persecutors. They entreated Jupiter that they

might no longer be associated with the Ills, as they had nothing

in common and could not live toget
er, but were engaged in

unceasing warfare; and that an indissoluble law might be laid

down for their future protection. Jupiter granted their request

and decreed that henceforth the Ills should visit the earth in

company with each other, but that the Goods should one by one

enter the habitations of men. Hence it arises that Ills abound,

for they come not one by one, but in troops, and by no means

singly: while the Goods proceed from Jupiter, and are given, not

alike to all, but singly, and separately; and one by one to those

who are able to discern them.