[Read more…] about Porcupine, Snake, and Company
Despite an agreement with the snakes to share, the porcupine defended not sharing with his quills. Ouch.
Hasty partnerships may be repented of.
A poor Man befriended a Snake who ate crumbs from the table. One day he cut the snake then begged forgiveness. Snake was willing but said to be careful as he might some day forget.
He who harms someone should henceforth be suspicious.
Heinrich Steinhöwel (Of the Poor Man and the Snake)
[Read more…] about The Farmer and His Dog
A Farmer came home to his child’s cradle overturned; the Dog near and bloody. Farmer killed the Dog then found live child and dead Snake under the cradle.
Acting in blind rage is dangerous.
[Read more…] about The Traveller
A Traveller stepped away from and walked around some snakes in the road but, when he came upon some worms paid them no attention and crushed them.
Compassion is often only given to those who can hurt you.
[Read more…] about The Lion and The Snake
A hungry Lion brushed aside a Snake with his paw. The Snake, angered, bit the Lion with deadly venom. Snake pointed out even small enemies can hurt.
Any enemy is a bad enemy.
[Read more…] about The Tail of the Serpent
A Snake’s Tail rebelled against the Head so Head let Tail lead the way. Over a cliff they both went. Tail was silent after that.
Know your place.