Monday, September 18, 2006

Pride before the fall

"We live and work and dream,
Each has his little scheme,
Sometimes we laugh,
Sometimes we cry,
And thus the days go by."


There once was a beetle which came upon a lump of cowdung.

He worked himself into it and liking what he saw, he invited his friends to join him in building a city in it. After working feverishly for a few days they built a magnificent "city" in the dung and feeling very proud of their achievements they decided to elect the first beetle as their king.

Now to honour their new "king" they organised a grand parade through their "city".

While these impressive proceedings were taking place, an elephant happened to pass by and seeing the lump of cow dung he lifted his foot to avoid stepping on it.

The king beetle saw the elephant and angrily shouted at the huge beast. "Hey you! Don't you have any respect for royalty? Don't you know it is rude to lift your leg over my majestic head? Apologise at once or I'll have you punished."

The elephant looked down and said, "Your most gracious majesty, I humbly crave your pardon."

Thus saying he knelt down on the lump of cow dung and crushed king, city, citizens and pride in one act of obeisance.

(Extract from the book "How to live without Fear & Worry by K. Sri Dhammananda, 1989.)



Blogger Maverick SM said...

Have you read his book "Felicitation"? Edited by Benny Liow?

18/9/06 19:47  
Blogger Kenny Ng said...

I think this story very good for some leaders.

18/9/06 20:44  
Blogger Anak Merdeka said...

Mave: Not yet, but I intend to go through his writings in due time. Is there something in it you'd like to share?

Kenny: Glad you noticed the relevance!

19/9/06 09:36  
Blogger desiderata said...

anak m -- you tell elephant + ant story to up ante on dESI'S dONKEY TALES AH?

19/9/06 14:24  

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