It is part of human nature to put ourselves first in the list of priorities, but we can’t forget that we live in a community, and things we do affect others. For example, when we use natural resources, we need to be conscious about not littering and learn to use them wisely.
The next fable illustrates how by not being interested in what happen to others, a problem can come back haunting ourselves.
The Mouse and the Snake
A mouse looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package. “What food might it contain?”, he thought. He kept looking just to get horrified when he discovered that it was a mouse trap!.
Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning, “There is a mouse trap in the house, there is a mouse trap in the house.“
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr. Mouse, I can tell you this is a big concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me; I cannot be bothered by it.”
The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mouse trap in the house.”
“I am so very sorry Mr. Mouse,” sympathized the pig, “but there is nothing I can do about it but pray; be assured that you are in my prayers.”
Then the mouse turned to the cow, who replied, “Wow, Mr. Mouse, a mouse trap; But do you think I am in danger?”
So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected to face the farmer’s mouse trap alone.
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house, like the sound of a mouse trap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught.
In the darkness, she did not see that it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.
The snake bit the farmer’s wife, so the farmer rushed her to the hospital.
She returned home with a fever. Now everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his knife to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient.
His wife’s sickness continued so that friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.
So the next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think that it does not concern you, think about it twice.
We can always try to be considerate, friendly and helpful, even if it’s only by being there just to listen.