Wind and the Moon
a time, there were two very good friends who lived together in
the shade of a rock. Strange as it may seem, one was a lion and
one was a tiger. They had met when they were too young to know
the difference between lions and tigers. So they did not think
their friendship was at all unusual. Besides, it was a peaceful
part of the mountains, possibly due to the influence of a gentle
forest monk who lived nearby. He was a hermit, one who lives far
away from other people.
For some unknown
reason, one day the two friends got into a silly argument. The
tiger said, "Everyone knows the cold comes when the moon
wanes from full to new!" The lion said, "Where did you
hear such nonsense? Everyone knows the cold comes when the moon
waxes from new to full!"
got stronger and stronger. Neither could convince the other. They
could not reach any conclusion to resolve the growing dispute.
They even started calling each other names! Fearing for their
friendship, they decided to go ask the learned forest monk, who
would surely know about such things.
peaceful hermit, the lion and tiger bowed respectfully and put
their question to him. The friendly monk thought for a while and
then gave his answer. "It can be cold in any phase of the
moon, from new to full and back to new again. It is the wind that
brings the cold, whether from west or north or east. Therefore,
in a way, you are both right! And neither of you is defeated by
the other. The most important thing is to live without conflict,
to remain united. Unity is best by all means."
The lion and
tiger thanked the wise hermit. They were happy to still be friends.
moral is: Weather comes and weather goes,
but friendship remains.