Megan j .Pryce

the fox

The Cat and the Fox

The Fox Aesop’s fable, “The Cat and the Fox” which is articulated on this poster, warns of indecision. The fox brags to the cat that he has a multitude of escape routes and is not afraid of an attack. The cat says that she only has one and is thus concerned. Eventually they are attacked by a group of dogs. The cat jumps into a tree but the fox is paralyzed as he cannot make a quick decision. The moral says, “better one safe way than a hundred on which you cannot reckon”.

When the poster is flipped the other way however, a different story is told - “The Hedgehog and the Fox” by Isaiah Berlin in which he states that there are two types of intellectual minds - those who have diverse knowledge and those who have precise knowledge. After he wrote this essay, philosophers began to expend an exorbitant amount of energy attempting to categorize themselves as hedgehogs or foxes. Many could not make an executive decision one way or the other and so decided that it’s best to be both.

I love the hypocrisy and irony in this - a fable about decision making becomes in itself the epitome of indecision. The idea of indecision is then forced upon the viewer as he or she must make a choice as to which way the poster should hang.