Once upon a time a great and powerful wizard lived high up in a mountain while his sheep lived in the forest below. The sheep feared the Wizard for every day they would see him come down from the mountain and take one of them to eat their flesh, and so they hid. One day the Wizard tired of seeking out his meal so he cast a great spell upon the sheep.
He hypnotized all the sheep and suggested to them first of all that they were immortal and that no harm was being done to them when they were skinned, that, on the contrary, it would be very good for them and even pleasant; secondly he suggested that the Wizard was a good master who loved his flock so much that he was ready to do anything in the world for them; and third he suggested to them that if anything at all were going to happen to them it was not going to happen just then, at any rate not that day, and therefore they had no need to think about it.
To some sheep he said "You are a man, you need not be afraid. Its is only the sheep who are going to be killed and eaten, not you" To other sheep he said "You are lions. Only sheep are afraid to die. You are the noblest of my friends in the forest for you are proud to die for me." And still to others he told them "you are magicians and will tend to the sheep when I am not here." To all of them he said "You don't belong to these sheep. So when they are killed its not your problem. They are meant to be killed, but you are the most loved of my friends in the forest." In this way, he told every sheep different stories, and from the second day, the sheep stopped running away from the Wizard.
They still saw other sheep being killed, butchered, but it was not their concern. Somebody was a lion, somebody was a man, somebody was a magician and so forth. Nobody was a sheep except the one who was being killed. This way, without keeping servants, he managed thousands of sheep. They would go into the forest for their food, for their water, and they would come back home, believing always one thing: "It is some sheep who is going to be killed, not you."