The Fable of the Dragon-Tyrant

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  • CGP Grey
    CGP Grey3 mánuðum síðan

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  • Moblin


    3 dögum síðan


  • Dino Ricky

    Dino Ricky

    12 dögum síðan

    That is barbaric!!!!!

  • Iron 451

    Iron 451

    14 dögum síðan




    Mánuði síðan

    Members only :(

  • F1shySpace


    Mánuði síðan

    @Disent Design these videos exist for a while now, but they aren’t that bad, some people still use patreon to post extra videos

  • Thepinkterror
    Thepinkterror55 mínútum síðan

    I feel like this message can be stuck to a lot of things, I love it

  • Just Your Friendly Neighborhood Ender Dragon
    Just Your Friendly Neighborhood Ender Dragon13 klukkustundum síðan

    I’m starting to think maybe, just maybe Grey is against death. I 100% agree though, the sweet release of death is total BS

  • Indoranium 92
    Indoranium 92Degi Síðan síðan

    So its a kingdom with a king and knights but they have advanced technology and microscopes??

  • F R
    F RDegi Síðan síðan

    Lesson: death can be destroyed with missiles

  • EtherealTranslation TM
    EtherealTranslation TMDegi Síðan síðan

    Why does this remind me of America and China…

  • bobuxlord
    bobuxlord2 dögum síðan

    How much xp did it drop?

  • Rowan Dakota
    Rowan Dakota2 dögum síðan

    So, I've watched this video a few times and you know what? I'm starting to think it might not actually be about a dragon

  • Firas Musa
    Firas Musa2 dögum síðan

    So basically they replaced the Apollo missions with a Dragon and JFK with a king

  • Ryann McIlwaine
    Ryann McIlwaine2 dögum síðan

    I like dragons! HOW DARE YOU!!

  • Untro
    Untro2 dögum síðan

    The dragon is climate change

  • Will P
    Will P3 dögum síðan

    "selling his summer castle" Bernie Sanders *did not* like this

  • Swarm Returns
    Swarm Returns3 dögum síðan

    “But then the humans came with beds...”

  • Wassassin
    Wassassin3 dögum síðan

    9:01 IS THAT... FLOCH?!

  • 𝕾𝖆𝖉ᴍᴀɴ
    𝕾𝖆𝖉ᴍᴀɴ3 dögum síðan

    Do you guys realize that one kid who spoke up just stopped a war

  • TheXtravagant


    3 dögum síðan

    Yes... 1 year ago

  • Moblin
    Moblin3 dögum síðan

    Wow what a coincidence that the saddest part make it *RAIN*

  • Jacob Hackett
    Jacob Hackett3 dögum síðan

    11:15 my house!!!

  • Emily Osborne
    Emily Osborne4 dögum síðan

    Love this video. Years later, I love coming back to it.

  • Gaming with Max
    Gaming with Max4 dögum síðan

    Every once and a while this shows up in my recommended and I have no clue why

  • Derek Padilla
    Derek Padilla4 dögum síðan

    The dragon is death. The dragon is the fate bestowed upon all humanity. The dragon is an opportunity an opportunity for an honorable death, the beautiful conclusion to the one's life, and we want to stop it. But we can't can we? To kill the dragon is to but prolong the inevitable death of a human life. Mortality makes us humans. And we cannot change that. And in the demise of the dragon another monster awaits from the dark. In killing a dragon we created another beast. A beast that is our selves and our unending desire for power. Pog.

  • Jakob Machollo
    Jakob Machollo4 dögum síðan

    That story was in my opinion way to optimistic. After killing the dragon I imagine that they would try to decimate some other authorities.

  • Daniel Berthelot
    Daniel Berthelot5 dögum síðan

    Time, to get cancer.

  • Andrei Salvaleon

    Andrei Salvaleon

    3 dögum síðan

    @Just Some Random Minecraft Floating Sand cancer is guaranteed for something that doesn't age. Cancer is worse than dying of old age

  • Just Some Random Minecraft Floating Sand

    Just Some Random Minecraft Floating Sand

    3 dögum síðan

    @Andrei Salvaleon wut

  • Andrei Salvaleon

    Andrei Salvaleon

    3 dögum síðan


  • Robin the Dragon hunter
    Robin the Dragon hunter5 dögum síðan

    Welcome to every fire emblem in a way you kill dragons

  • The Sage Nator
    The Sage Nator5 dögum síðan

    Remember when this video was stuck in your recommended for months and didn’t leave until you finally clicked it?

  • John Prachar
    John Prachar7 dögum síðan

    Dragon:(dies) That one guy: SELL THE SKIN FOR PROFIT

  • IGENE !
    IGENE !8 dögum síðan

    Why didnt they just moved out of the town? Duh

  • özgür ruh

    özgür ruh

    6 dögum síðan

    Uhm maybe the giant murder beast can follow them you know

  • Ambinintsoa Hasina
    Ambinintsoa Hasina8 dögum síðan

    I'm afraid of the era of peace that follows! history has shown we get weaker, lazier and sensible AF in the times of peace!

  • Just Some Random Minecraft Floating Sand

    Just Some Random Minecraft Floating Sand

    3 dögum síðan

    So you want us to start a war so we can be manly and brave again?

  • Valery0p 5
    Valery0p 58 dögum síðan

    There's always another dragon, or maybe it just has more heads than people can ever think to cut... One would be blind to ignore that after the last year and an half...

  • swagerdager
    swagerdager9 dögum síðan


  • Melanny Taube
    Melanny Taube9 dögum síðan

    Get some of the dna and make a nicer one

  • Hampus Källsten
    Hampus Källsten9 dögum síðan

    But how get rid of corpse?

  • Savary
    Savary9 dögum síðan

    10,000 a day sure is a lot

  • Shashaank
    Shashaank10 dögum síðan

    This only goes to say nothing can kill humanity

  • Shashaank


    Degi Síðan síðan

    @Andrei Salvaleon am talking about global extinction

  • Andrei Salvaleon

    Andrei Salvaleon

    3 dögum síðan

    Except death itself, which is the dragon

  • kalle boll
    kalle boll10 dögum síðan

    and then they alll died from overpopalation. thx king..

  • Buslin Butts
    Buslin Butts10 dögum síðan

    Can they send the ten k men

  • Lubbs789
    Lubbs78910 dögum síðan

    Mabey he was just lonely

  • Not Ben
    Not Ben10 dögum síðan

    And then the metaphorical dragon representing that dragon’s death metaphorically killed them all, the end.

  • Tun Dalus
    Tun Dalus10 dögum síðan

    quick does anyone know a small child who can speak up and instantly end political gridlock so we all start seamlessly working together on climate change, racism, gun violence, etc?

  • Bruce Ismay
    Bruce Ismay11 dögum síðan

    Love the Kennedy reference

  • Griffin Owings
    Griffin Owings11 dögum síðan

    I LOVE that this is but a thinly disguised argument for destroying the process of unwanted death. Of age itself. It is a great metaphor.

  • Priscilla Shaw
    Priscilla Shaw12 dögum síðan

    This is beautiful

  • Mr Cuck Slayer
    Mr Cuck Slayer14 dögum síðan

    I have a feeling this inspired Castlevania's latest season

  • Lavaknight368
    Lavaknight36815 dögum síðan

    The biggest question is, why haven’t the citizens made a democracy yet?

  • Brandon Scott
    Brandon Scott15 dögum síðan

    I figured you have like 10M subscribers by now

  • Renato Galindo Caceres
    Renato Galindo Caceres15 dögum síðan


  • Iain Ballas
    Iain Ballas15 dögum síðan

    The only thing that I'm miffed you left out of this story, likely for brevity, was this: "Sometimes the dragon would devour these unfortunate souls upon arrival; sometimes again it would lock them up in the mountain where they would wither away for months or years before eventually being consumed." The dragon doesn't just kill us. It tortures us.

  • Trollster713
    Trollster71315 dögum síðan

    I have just now realized that the dragon is a representation of death.

  • rifz42


    7 dögum síðan

    yes, it works for all the aging disease as well.

  • Meguy2661
    Meguy266116 dögum síðan

    there isnt a day that goes by that i dont think about this story.

  • ColdWarsGettingHot 1963
    ColdWarsGettingHot 196316 dögum síðan

    If they had planes couldn't they have made a scale-pearcing bomb, and not waist time developing a rocket and aiming systems.Right?

  • Baked Waffles

    Baked Waffles

    3 dögum síðan


  • Cole DeRusha
    Cole DeRusha16 dögum síðan

    The dragon is supposed to be death isn't it

  • John Kipling
    John Kipling17 dögum síðan

    The shallow lift accordantly permit because sing finally realise sans a ill-fated cell. defeated, far tendency

  • Dionagon A
    Dionagon A17 dögum síðan

    I think we all know what the dragon stands for here..

  • Ethan Grey

    Ethan Grey

    17 dögum síðan

    He confirmed its death.

  • Naruto's 4069th shadow clone
    Naruto's 4069th shadow clone17 dögum síðan

    Ya know I really don't get why us Hugh-man-mans die. Like we eat, drink and excersize until we die. Like come one cells. Just keep going man. Wait for me to get hit by a truck or something

  • Naruto's 4069th shadow clone
    Naruto's 4069th shadow clone17 dögum síðan

    Ok I learnt... Nukes solve death

  • Sidaksu YT
    Sidaksu YT17 dögum síðan

    This is why you need a guy of another world

  • Big guy
    Big guy17 dögum síðan

    I literally searched up the dragon that got nuked it didn’t work so I searched up the dragon that took over a village and here I am

  • eyad Moied
    eyad Moied17 dögum síðan

    "But now, they need to deal with the fact that their kingdom smells like a dragon's corpse"

  • JamesyBoi27
    JamesyBoi2718 dögum síðan

    I know this is a representation of something but what?

  • JamesyBoi27


    5 dögum síðan

    @özgür ruh ah, I guess that makes sense. Thanks

  • özgür ruh

    özgür ruh

    6 dögum síðan

    Dragon is a represantation of death

  • rifz42


    7 dögum síðan

    aging disease and death..

  • Dylan Parker
    Dylan Parker18 dögum síðan

    Allegorical tale about COVID?

  • özgür ruh

    özgür ruh

    5 dögum síðan

    @Dylan Parker it s not

  • Dylan Parker

    Dylan Parker

    5 dögum síðan

    @özgür ruh I can't tell whether that was a sarcastic satirical response or not!

  • özgür ruh

    özgür ruh

    6 dögum síðan

    Nope the dragon is a reprasantation of death

  • Kiran Jackson
    Kiran Jackson18 dögum síðan

    who bought the kings summer castle?

  • Stefan Hauser
    Stefan Hauser18 dögum síðan

    Such a wonderful allegory for the fight against covid 19.

  • özgür ruh

    özgür ruh

    6 dögum síðan

    Do you realize this vid is older than covid the dragon is reprasantation of death

  • Among Sus
    Among Sus18 dögum síðan

    That little kid became the smartest person in the story and all that he needed to say was “the dragon is bad”

    JOKER MAIN19 dögum síðan

    Who would win a dragon that ruled over years or 1 exploding boi

  • mdrsz
    mdrsz19 dögum síðan

    Desperately not accepting death is childish. We must work to make our lifes better and cure deseases, etc., but the pure fact of death is undeniable in the end.

  • rifz42


    7 dögum síðan

    it works for putting moon shot money into curing aging disease too.

  • RavenKL20
    RavenKL2019 dögum síðan

    10:45 ive never felt so tense in my life. wow..

  • Gísli Magnússon
    Gísli Magnússon19 dögum síðan

    If you had wanted to fight death you would had it be an lich, a dragon is more the power.

  • NerdyNobody
    NerdyNobody20 dögum síðan

    Dragon scale armor. That’s how you use the giant corpse.

  • Schrodingers Brain cell
    Schrodingers Brain cell20 dögum síðan

    I love metaphors for delaying death.

  • Дима Самсонов 2
    Дима Самсонов 220 dögum síðan

    morality: give to Verner Von Brown funding as soon as possible

  • theVASgamer
    theVASgamer20 dögum síðan

    This is more inspiring than lots of things

  • HAPIIIe memes
    HAPIIIe memes20 dögum síðan

    Me with my white bed : hehe

  • Hriday Lilani
    Hriday Lilani20 dögum síðan

    That’s a beautiful story man

  • the 2nd Personman
    the 2nd Personman21 degi síðan síðan

    Okay, but we are getting what the story is about, right? How these are ordinary humans who age and die naturally, not immortals whose lives were limited only by the dragon? How they're exactly like us, only we have always had time? How we have horrible problems which are costly to solve but are in fact solvable, not entirely unlike the dragon? We get that it's all a call to action, right?

  • rifz42


    7 dögum síðan

    yes! even curing just one aging disease would save so much suffering AND healthcare money.

  • Jaydee 8652
    Jaydee 865222 dögum síðan

    It’s a bit of a false equivalency because unlike with the dragon there was no time before death. Apart from that it’s a great video,

    FIELD ABLE22 dögum síðan

    Then the king and the people heard a terrible sound. The Dragon was stirring, rising from where it fell with blackened body to declare in a booming voice heard over the entire realm; "foolish to think...a dragon could be killed by mere science..." And laughing it spread its wings and beat them back and forth, stirring up a vast cloud of now radioactive ash created by the "dragonologists" ICBM. The ash rose into sky to block out the sun as the dragon took its revenge.

  • Luisito no comunica
    Luisito no comunica22 dögum síðan

    I knew since minute 1 that this is just a metafore of death itself and how humans have accepted it instead of seeking for inmortalilty. Even "the last train" is a metaphore for the last people who will die just before the inmortality is archieved and it's heartbreaking :c

  • Calamaribowl
    Calamaribowl23 dögum síðan

    Ojhg yeq ri 7i HAPOFDER GARDER

  • joepod
    joepod23 dögum síðan

    The biggest misconception that this leads to is that death is one big thing that can be conquered. It's more like a billion little things that all need to be conquered. We can't conquer death in our lifetimes, but perhaps we can send fewer people to the dragon with each generation that follows.

  • Andrei Salvaleon

    Andrei Salvaleon

    3 dögum síðan

    It's a metaphor and a fable it doesn't have to be exact. Also it's more akin to curing aging than death itself

  • FedePhysics
    FedePhysics23 dögum síðan

    Thank you for the wonderful story :)

  • Pootis
    Pootis23 dögum síðan

    compared to Warhammer, this is paradise.

  • WOT Nate
    WOT Nate24 dögum síðan

    Dragon slaying in fantasy: magic, strength, skill, mastery Dragon slaying in sci-fi: anyways so we launch an Anti Aircraft defense missile at it

  • WOT Nate
    WOT Nate24 dögum síðan

    Oh no, an unbeatable boss Me checking the game’s codes: anyways

  • Kogan Egosum
    Kogan Egosum25 dögum síðan

    A lot of people in the here seem to to have understood the dragon as a metaphor for death itself. But i think, that climate change fits the story better. That being said.. the science of aging and how to prevent it is something im quite obsessed with. It's not even about what i would be able to do being immortal but rather seing what the future holds, what will happen to humanity in 100, 1000, 10000 years...

  • FizzyFireMan


    23 dögum síðan

    Yeah but climate change hasn’t killed anyone yet

  • adie 42
    adie 4225 dögum síðan

    This is clearly a metaphor for climate change and fossil fuels, right? Why are there no comments about it?

  • Andrei Salvaleon

    Andrei Salvaleon

    3 dögum síðan

    @adie 42 no actually the dragon literally represents the concept of death itself. Killing the dragon ends the idea that people have to die, that's the point of the fable

  • adie 42

    adie 42

    6 dögum síðan

    @özgür ruh what a boring ass take on it - too literal. You mean death is the metaphor for death?? no, there is still death after the dragon. destroying it just prolonged their lives. The dragon is more like some sort of sickness or environmental thing.

  • özgür ruh

    özgür ruh

    6 dögum síðan

    Nope it s a metaphor for death

  • Roasted foreskin is yummy

    Roasted foreskin is yummy

    20 dögum síðan

    Bc it's about death We know climate change is a problem We don't know death is

  • Kevin Pynes
    Kevin Pynes25 dögum síðan

    I don't know what to think of this. It always makes me sad. I don't see anything wrong with using knowledge to extend life. I just hope we don't become so fixated and attached to life as to not live it. What I mean is that a world without age is a world where all death is tragedy and violence. The paranoia that would come from this(at least from me) would be tremendous, and, as a person who believes in eternal life, I think it would be more harmful if we don't keep our expectations for a timeline for this technology. Don't get me wrong, we should work hard at it, but to think that my parents, grandparents and basically everyone I love is/was just one generation off from the advancement that will cure death, is a useless, hopeless motivation for people to rise against death. It is improbable that anyone living right now will escape old age. We must fight the dragon but also realize and prepare for our inevitable demise. Shoot! Now I'm sad again.

  • Akum
    Akum25 dögum síðan

    Plot twists the dragon was protecting them from the Orcs, elf’s, and other dragons

  • DeathSmoke67
    DeathSmoke6725 dögum síðan

    Dragon: Yo what’s that in the sky? He pondered what it could be as it it grew brighter. *AND THEN IT HIT HIM*

  • Xavier Toll Hernando
    Xavier Toll Hernando25 dögum síðan

    The queen was eaten by the dragon...

  • Yuuup
    Yuuup26 dögum síðan

    Man I wish we had a dragon.

  • GNotGenius
    GNotGenius26 dögum síðan

    This story is missing it's conclusion... years after the king's death, it was found that the king bred the dragon >_>

  • Hitler - Senpai
    Hitler - Senpai26 dögum síðan


  • Autodidactic Artisan
    Autodidactic Artisan27 dögum síðan

    8:00 girl with the apple looks like shes from attack on titan

  • Autodidactic Artisan

    Autodidactic Artisan

    27 dögum síðan

    At least I think so.

  • Chris Ashton
    Chris Ashton27 dögum síðan

    Imagine an immortal Putin. Humanity isn’t ready for immortality.

  • The Maniac 90876

    The Maniac 90876

    22 dögum síðan


  • ytjfur
    ytjfur28 dögum síðan

    i'm at 1:13 seconds of the video and i feel it's going to be a argue against accepting death as "normal". am i smart ?

  • ytjfur


    28 dögum síðan

    i'm at 2:10 seconds of the video and i feel it's going to be a argue against accepting death as "normal". am i smart ? but also we should all focus on making human immortal but over population is not a issue because univers is big and huge amount of space basically

  • Nick Fury
    Nick Fury28 dögum síðan

    People are trashing on the king, but he lost his wife to the dragon.

  • Joe Lek
    Joe Lek28 dögum síðan

    Is nice

  • Joz
    Joz28 dögum síðan

    Love it! Reminds me of short story by my favorite author "The usefulness of a Dragon" (pol. Pożytek ze Smoka) by S. Lem. Sadly i don't think it has english translation :( It's about Space Traveler who one day visits a planet with Dragon on it. More of a 'dragon' really. Apperently it used to be one but was constantly growing and once humans started feeding it it become little more than ever increasing cancer mass (that still somehow can snatch some tourists). After fewcenturies (if memory serves me right) humans needed to start activelly taking care of Dragon, giving him medicine, puting him on specific diets, or he would just... die on his own. They build pipelines to shove food into his stomatch. They build entire industires around servicing it. (I think that like 80% GDP of entire planet was coming from Dragon services) They even centered their science around it. Glue made out of Dragon Slime is ONLY 5 times (or was it 7 times? been a while since i read it) as expensive to make as normall glue. Scientists are sooo exited that maybe finally they will be able to wrangle some minor benefits from this interaction. There are obviously 'insane' people who try to kill the dragon. For example trying to poison him. Everyone else is horrified by such idea. "What about people working in Dragon Services?" "What will we do with all the goods produced for the Dragons if he is dead? Who will buy them if goverment won't need to buy them from is to feed Dragon? Our economy will colapse!!!" "If not Dragon who would we be producing all those things for? Are we supposed to just give them out? Ha!"and so on. *One of Dragon benefits was that it 'solved' problem of job loss due to automation.* Since It grows as their production capabilities increase people still keep their jobs even as their effectiveness go up. Since Dragon always demands more goods. Story ends with our traveler arguing with Dragon Scientist, a Drakolog, but nothing comes out of it. then we get PS. that apperently in the future Dragon exploded .... into many smaller Dragons that were no less hungry. yay? There is something in Dragons that makes them perfect for such stories.

  • Tyler Almquist
    Tyler Almquist28 dögum síðan

    This fits well with Covid

  • Magellanic


    26 dögum síðan

    it doesn't

  • You daily Kangaroo dr.
    You daily Kangaroo dr.29 dögum síðan

    Auzwits the 3rd camp?

  • Avijit Datta
    Avijit Datta29 dögum síðan

    Americans ; Wheres my nuke???😁😁