Wind and the Moon [Friendship]
upon 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.
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!"
argument 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.
the 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."
lion and tiger thanked the wise hermit. They were happy
to still be friends.
moral is: Weather comes and weather goes, but