Apologies to parents and culture (and to whoever wrote Aesop’s Fables), but we were fed some serious crap while growing up. That story about the race between the tortoise and the hare was one of the most stupid stories ever told – all in a bid to teach children morals.
One, nobody ever runs a race like that.
Two, if at all there was a moral to that story, it would be one warning against looking down on your competition so badly that you get cocky and stupid, not one to teach patience or whatever it is that “slow and steady” is supposed to represent.
I ran into a tweet that sums up the stupidity of that “fabu”. It said (I’m typing on WordPress app for mobile here, so I cannot embed):
Slow and steady wins the race ¹
¹ Applies only in situations where opponent defies all logic and takes a nap during the event.
True. That story defies all logic. Who stops to take a nap during a race? Even a long distance race? I ran cross-country all through secondary school. I believe the distance was 29 kilometres. In six years, I never stopped to take a nap once.
I hope that no-one today still tells that story to their children as a way of teaching patience. I suspect that today’s kids are wiser anyway and will ask you some tough questions if you do. Slow and steady has never won any race. Speed wins races. Make your kids watch Fast & Furious instead. They will learn better how to win.””