Once upon a time there was a Fox, three hens and a Horse.
Now the Horse sometimes appeared to be a bit shy and laid back. However he was strong of character and everyone trusted his judgement and quiet effective ways.
Between the five of them they were the committee who provided the safeguards for the barnyard. They saw to any problems and made decisions that affected each and every one of the barnyard animals.
One day they needed to decide the fate of the chicken coop. Now one would have thought that there might be a teeny conflict of interest when it came to three chickens deciding their own fate as it were. But nope. The Fox declared he knew best and the chickens decided to go along with him because, well, because he was the boss. Right? His word was law? Hmmm. Not the way it was supposed to work but hey, it was precedent and it had worked before.
The Horse didn’t get a vote since he was out in the pasture when the issue came up.
Oh there had been discussion in the barnyard though. It went so far as being suggested there should be a ‘board of directors’ established to over-see the whole farm yard and all its particular interests.
Anyway those concerned put forward a cow, duck, rooster, a couple of sheep and even an alpaca as potential ‘directors’. Many were older and had been a part of the community for many generations and it was argued that they could bring this experience to play for the benefit of all.
Nope. The Fox said he knew what was best for the chicken coop …
Next day the coop was removed and the chickens sent to market… The Horse cried…”NEIGHhhh…” but it was too late.
And the moral of our story is that in life you should never allow “the fox and a committee of submissive chickens to guard the hen house”.
It can be perceived as a conflict of interest which can come back to bite you on the horse’s ass.