Birds and Foolish Birds [Good Advice]
a time, there was a giant tree in the forest. Many many birds
lived in this tree. And the wisest of them was their leader.
One day the
leader bird saw two branches rubbing against each other. They
were making wood powder come falling down. Then he noticed a tiny
wisp of smoke rising from the rubbing branches. He thought, "There
is no doubt a fire is starting that may burn down the whole forest."
So the wise
old leader called a meeting of all the birds living in the great
tree. He told them, "My dear friends, the tree we are living
in is beginning to make a fire. This fire may destroy the whole
forest. Therefore it is dangerous to stay here. Let us leave this
forest at once!"
The wise birds agreed to follow his advice. So they flew away
to another forest in a different land. But the birds who were
not so wise said, "That old leader panics so easily. He imagines
crocodiles in a drop of water! Why should we leave our comfortable
homes that have always been safe? Let the scared ones go. We will
be brave and trust in our trees!"
Lo and behold,
in a little while the wise leader's warning came true. The rubbing
branches made sparks that fell in the dry leaves under the tree.
Those sparks became flames that grew and grew. Soon the giant
tree itself caught fire. The foolish birds who still lived there
were blinded and choked by the smoke. Many, who could not escape,
were trapped and burned to death.
moral is: Those who ignore the advice of
the wise, do so at their own risk.