The Snake, Farmer and the Heron

A snake chased by hunters asked a farmer to save its life. To hide it from its pursuers, the farmer squatted and let the snake into his belly. But when the danger had passed and the farmer asked the snake to come out, the snake refused. It was warm and safe inside.

On his way home, the man saw a heron and went up to him and whispered what had happened. The heron told him to squat. When the snake snuck its head out, the heron caught it, pulled it out, and killed it. The farmer was worried that the snake’s poison might still be inside him, and the heron told him that the cure for snake poison was to cook and eat six white birds.

“You’re a white bird,” said the farmer. “You’ll do for a start.”

he grabbed the Heron, put it in a bag, and carried it home, where he hung it up while he told his wife what had happened.

“I’m surprised at you,” said the wife. “The bird does you a kindness, rids you of the evil in your belly, saves your life in fact, yet you catch it and talk of killing it.”

She immediately released the Heron and it flew away. But on its way, it gouged out her eyes.

Men are more ready to repay an injury
than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden
and revenge is a pleasure
Tacitus, c. A.D. 55-120

source: 48 Law of Power by Robert Greene

16 thoughts on “FABLES OF POWER

  1. no matter how nice you are, there is no guarantee that other people will be nice to you…

    no guarantee at all…

  2. i have a question though, nothing related to this entry…
    has anyone ever donated anything to your donation link? hehehehe

    that would be really funny

  3. haha. i dont think anyone will ever donate through paypal. ayoko rin naman.. baka makunsiyensya ko. and then i’d have to write things with actual sense.

    Though, some people donate in their own little way. and that’s where i earn alot from.

  4. Right. you do good people do you bad… but still..

    I prefer to do simple acts of kindness with love… even if people would hate me for that.

  5. While we do encounter people like this, I do’t think that is always the case, though. Man is inherently good. We must believe that. 🙂

  6. certainly thought provoking… A friend of mine says I should always try to see the good in people. But I guess I’ve been burnt too many times, so my tendency is to be distant & often times judgemental. But I’m working on being more open-minded. One thing though, revenge is really sweet.

  7. First time i rad the story, I thought it was funny. But when I thought about the moral, I realized that it really happens. May mga tao talagang walang utang na loob 🙂

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