The editor, ASHOK SILWAL, very gladly, comes towards his readers with this quite famous tale. Some of you probably already know it but it is not bad to re-read it sometimes.
In this “post” pandemic period, when everyone licks their wounds and seeks new equilibrium, this fable came to my mind.
It was sent to me, some time ago, by a French friend of mine but it does not belong only to the European popular tradition. Due to its symbolic content and its life teachings, it belongs to the world culture.
Let’s read this nice and meaningful story…..
Through the small hole in the wall, the small mouse looked at the farmer and his wife who were opening a package. ‘What food will there be?’- wondered the mouse who was shocked to see that it was a mousetrap.
The little mouse went around the farm warning everyone:-‘There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The chicken raised its head and said, “ Mr. Rat, I understand this is serious for you, but it doesn’t concern me. It doesn’t bother me at all. ‘The little mouse went to the pig and said, ” There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!’ The pig with empathy said: – I am very sorry, Mr. Rat, but there is nothing I can do, except pray. I assure you that you will be among my prayers.’ The mouse then went to the cow: – There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!” The cow said. ‘Ohh… Mr. Rat, I’m sorry for you but it doesn’t bother me .” Then the little mouse returned to the house, head down, very discouraged to face the fateful trap alone. During the night, they heard a strange noise that echoed around the house, like that of a trap grabbing its prey.
The farmer’s wife immediately got up to see what she should find in the trap. In the dark, she did not see that was a venomous snake with its tail stuck in the trap. The snake bit the farmer’s wife who had to rush her to the hospital with a high fever. As many know, in peasant culture, fever is cured with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer with his knife went out into the hen house to stock up on the main ingredient of the soup. However, his wife’s illness did not go away and so many of her friends came to visit her to be close to her. The house was full and to feed everyone, the farmer had to slaughter the pig. Soon his wife died and so many people came to her funeral so that the farmer had to slaughter the cow to offer lunch to everyone, the little mouse with the small hole in the wall looked at everything with great sadness.
MORAL OF THE STORY: The next time you feel that someone is facing some problem and you think it doesn’t concern you, remember that when one of us is hit, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. Taking care of each other is a way to encourage and support each other.
PERSONAL OPINION: It is a big mistake to think of being able to do without others just as it is to believe that the events that affect others cannot affect us- We are all connected in one way or another.
The biggest mistake humans can make is separateness. In fact, we are small cells that are part of an infinitely greater whole. This is the Truth….
Not according to this Truth means going against the ‘Great Divine Laws’ and subsequently suffering the consequences as happened to the animals in the parable.
It is said that the slightest flapping of a butterfly’s wings is capable of causing a hurricane on the other side of the world. The so-called butterfly effect makes us understand how everything and everyone is interconnected.
And it is a great illusion to think that we can live only for ourselves… the Universe does not think this way and it makes us understand it in its own way … not always tenderly!!
And probably, this is true on an individual and personal level but also social, economic, political …..ones.
The little mouse leads us to reflect …….good reflection my readers!
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