Red, Little Red and No-squeal [Envy]
a time, there were two calves who were part of a country household.
At the same home there also lived a girl and a baby pig. Since
he hardly ever made a sound, the pig was called 'No-squeal'.
of the house treated No-squeal very well. They fed him large amounts
of the very best rice, and even rice porridge with rich brown
The two calves
noticed this. They worked hard pulling ploughs in the fields and
bullock carts on the roads. Little Red said to Big Red, "My
big brother, in this household you and I do all the hard work.
We bring prosperity to the family. But they feed us only grass
and hay. The baby pig No-squeal does nothing to support the family.
And yet they feed him the finest and fanciest of foods. Why should
he get such special treatment?"
The wise elder
brother said, "Oh young one, it is dangerous to envy anybody.
Therefore, do not envy the baby pig for being fed such rich food.
What he eats is really "the food of death".
will soon be a marriage ceremony for the daughter of the house,
and little No-squeal will be the wedding feast! That's why he
is being pampered and fed in such rich fashion.
few days the guests will arrive. Then this piglet will be dragged
away by the legs, killed, and made into curry for the feast."
in a few days the wedding guests arrived. The baby pig No-squeal
was dragged away and killed. And just as Big Red had said, he
was cooked in various types of curries and devoured by the guests.
Then Big Red
said, "My dear young brother, did you see what happened to
baby No-squeal?" "Yes brother," replied Little
Red, "now I understand."
Big Red continued,
"This is the result of being fed such rich food. Our poor
grass and hay are a hundred times better than his rich porridge
and sweet brown sugar. For our food brings no harm to us, but
instead promises long life!"
moral is: Don't envy the well-off, until
you know the price they pay.