Start a quarrel and the vultures start circling

The American Indians used to tell a story about a couple of thirsty male cougars who both arrived at their usual water hole at the same time. They immediately began to snarl threateningly at each other, each one daring the other to satisfy his thirst first, but neither of them would back down. Eventually, the stand-off got to the point where they were about to pounce on each other and rip and tear with tooth and claw until one of them gave up or lay dead. But then, as they confronted each other, they both looked up and saw circling overhead a flock of vultures waiting for the loser to fall. Quietly, the two beasts turned and walked away.
The Bible says: ‘Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so stop before the argument gets out of control.’The only winners are the lawyers.

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