Greed makes us ungrateful

204th story

Once upon a time, an old man had a watermill beside a big river.

He made flour out of wheat and he had a great life.

The old man owned one cow, eight sheep, a few hens, and 40 palm trees. He was rich and had a comfortable life.

One day a thief riding on a donkey, holding a few camels and lots of big bags of gold ran into the old man’s place. The thief was running away from the king’s soldiers.

The thief said: “I would like to pass this river, and if you build a bridge for me, and hide me while it gets ready, I will give you a big bag of gold.”

After seeing the bag of gold the old man got greedy and accepted to build a bridge for the thief, so the old man could buy a bigger house and live perfectly.

The next day the old man started cutting his palm trees one by one to build the column of the bridge.

The old man worked very hard all day and dreamed of how he would live easily, without needing to work hard in his watermill, and his future house will be more comfortable. The old man thought to himself that he wouldn’t need his animals anymore in his future house, so killed them and ate them one by one, sharing them with the thief.

To make the top part of the bridge the old man had to use all the woods of his hut, and even his watermill.

The bridge got finished and the thief was ready to pass the bridge and go as far as possible.

The thief said: “I will pass my camels first to make sure the bridge is strong enough for me and my donkey with loads of gold, then you come to the other side to receive your bag of gold.”

The thief started passing the bridge and when he went to the other side safely, he started a fire and destroyed the bridge.

The fire brought attention to the kingdom, and the king’s soldiers found out that the thief was hiding there and the old man helped him to run away.

Not only the old man lost his beautiful watermill, hut, animals, and comfortable life, but he also went to prison for the rest of his life.

Dear friends don’t forget to read my books

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  1. abet and let evil amok
    shock to ya system
    but count on this
    everything matters
    hair of your hide
    that bridge was too damn wide

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  2. Come sempre amica bella sai cogliere attraverso la semplicitร  del racconto i ‘peccati’ umani di sempre e piรน che mai della nostra odierna societร .
    Un grande abbraccio ๐Ÿ’•

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  3. Greediness destroyed the old manโ€™
    s beautiful life
    What a shame.
    Marvellous story, great lesson.

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  4. WOW Laleh, what a powerful story. What a great lesson about how greed can definitely make us ungrateful for the things we have. Thank you so much for sharing this lesson today my friend. ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐ŸŒบ

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  5. Engaging story with a great lesson, Laleh.

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  6. oh that’s so sad and yet what you reap you sow!!! Great story Laleh!!! ๐Ÿ’ž

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  7. Great story! thank you for adding the pictures

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  8. Un caro e caloroso saluto dallโ€™Italia.

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  9. Laleh, this story shares a vital lesson to be learned from in today’s world. Indeed, greed feeds a darkness, which will always be filled with ingratitude.

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