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Saturday, October 26, 2013

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The Oak and the Reeds

The Oak and the Reeds
a fable by Aesop

A Giant Oak stood near a brook in which grew some slender Reeds. When the wind blew, the great Oak stood proudly upright with its hundred arms uplifted to the sky. But the Reeds bowed low in the wind and sang a sad and mournful song.

"You have reason to complain," said the Oak. "The slightest breeze that ruffles the surface of the water makes you bow your heads, while I, the mighty Oak, stand upright and firm before the howling tempest."

"Do not worry about us," replied the Reeds. "The winds do not harm us. We bow before them and so we do not break. You, in all your pride and strength, have so far resisted their blows. But the end is coming."

As the Reeds spoke a great hurricane rushed out of the north. The Oak stood proudly and fought against the storm, while the yielding Reeds bowed low. The wind redoubled in fury, and all at once the great tree fell, torn up by the roots, and lay among the pitying Reeds.

Moral: Better to yield when it is folly to resist, than to resist stubbornly and be destroyed.


Anonymous said...

The lesson is clear. We humans have much trouble with yielding as it requires discipline!!! I think a book could be written on this subject.

PJ said...

Pride plays a role in this, at least from what I glean. Food for thought!

PJ said...

Pride seems to play a huge role in our ability to "bend"
Great FOOD for thought.

Unknown said...

Great lesson .

Anonymous said...

Why yield to a tyrant? a cruel dictator? Better to die in the fight!

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