Once upon a time
A shepherd was grazing his herd.
He saw a bush that was on fire.
He got closer to the bush and saw a snake crawling to the highest part to find a safer place. The snake was so desperate for help. The shepherd found a tree branch and pointed it towards the snake. The snake crawled through.
Instead of thanking the shepherd, the snake said: “Where do you want me to bite you?”
The shepherd responded: “But I saved you. Is this how you repay my kindness?!”
The snake said: “That’s why I gave you a choice. Biting is my nature.”
The shepherd said: “We need someone to judge our situation. The first one who comes this way should be the judge, and we could ask what is fair to do?”
The snake agreed, and they waited until they saw a fox coming towards them.
The shepherd explained the entire story, and the clever fox said: “If I have to judge between you two, I have to be able to see the exact incident.”
They all walked back towards the fire.
The fox asked the snake to crawl on the same tree branch and go back to his exact position. The snake did that, and now he was in the middle of the fire again.
The snake asked for help, and the fox said: “You better stay there and burn so others could hear the story and learn that they shouldn’t help the ones with abomination nature.”
Read “Climbing Over Grit” to find out the root of the story.
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