Two hoses were carrying two loads. The front Horse went well, but the rear horse was lazy. The man began to pile the rear Horse’s load on the front Horse.
When they had transferred it all, the rear Horse found it easy going, and he said to the front Horse: “Toil and sweat! The more you try, the more you have to suffer.”
When they reached the tavern, the owner said; “Why should I fodder two horses when I can carry all on one? I had better give the one all the food it wants, and cut the throat of the other; at least I shall have the hide.”
And so he did.
Fables, Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)
Lesson: Learn to keep people dependent on you
To maintain your independence, you must always be needed and wanted. The more you are relied on, the more freedom you have. Make people depend on you for their happiness and prosperity, and you have absolutely nothing to fear.