A Blind Man and Lame Man cooperated to complete a journey. The Blind Man carried the Lame Man who served as the pair’s eyes.
Cooperation can be helpful.
A Blind Man being stopped in a bad piece of road, met with a Lame Man, and entreated him to guide him through the difficulty he had got into. “How can I do that,” replied the Lame Man, “since I am scarce able to drag myself along?–but as you appear to be very strong, if you will carry me, we will seek our fortunes together. It will then be my interest to warn you of anything that may obstruct your way; your feet shall be my feet, and my eyes your eyes.” “With all my heart,” returned the Blind Man; “let us render each other our mutual services.” So taking his lame companion on his back, they, by means of their union, travelled on with safety and pleasure. This shows that it is from our wants and infirmities that almost all the connections of society take their rise.
Two persons once met in a dangerous place,
When each to the other thus opened his case:
Said one, “Oh! good Christian, do pray be so kind
As to lend me your aid, for you see I am blind.”
Said the other, “Good Christian! ’tis well that you came,
Do help me, I pray, for I’m dreadfully lame!”
“Alas!” said the blind, “what is now to be done?
I can run, but can’t see: you can see, but can’t run.”
But at last added he—”‘Tell you what, honest friend;
I will borrow your eyes, but my legs I will lend;”
So the cripple consented, and got on his back,
And thus both with safety continued their track.
By this fable you see we’ve endeavour’d to show,
What a little good-natured contrivance can do.