The Foolish Donkey
An idol-maker had to deliver an idol to a customer. He placed it on his donkey’s back and they started on their journey.
Now the idol-maker was extremely skilled at his job and this particular idol was one of the best he had ever made.
Whoever saw it, stopped to bow down and pray.
The donkey thought they were bowing to him.
He was enormously pleased and flattered and not wishing to go away from a place where he was held in such high esteem, came to an abrupt stop.
Nothing his master did would induce him to start walking again, and finally his master lifted the idol on to own head and resumed his journey.
The donkey stood where he was, head held high, and braying sonorously until he suddenly became aware that there was no one watching him.
The people were now following his master and bowing to the idol.
The donkey realized that his pride had clouded his judgment and feeling ashamed of himself, ran to rejoin his master.
Running with Herd
Let us enjoy reading this one of Aesop’s Fables of Running with Herd .
A young deer said to his mother, “I’m larger than a dog and swifter and I have horns to defend myself with. Yet when a dog appears I run away with the others. I have decided not to run from dogs, in future.”
Just then they heard the bark of a dog.
The young deer was filled with fear and forgetting his resolve, took to his heels along with his mother and the rest of the herd.
Moral: Fear drives away Reason.
Let us enjoy reading this one of Aesop’s Fables of Hanging Together .
The cranes were eating grain from his field, so the farmer set a trap and caught several of them.
Among them was a stork.
“You can see I don’t belong here,” said the stork. “I’m a law- abiding bird. Please let me go.”
You may well be what you claim to be,” said the farmer. “But I caught you along with these robbers, so you will have to hang with them.