The Hares and the Frogs

2.05. THE HARES AND THE FROGS. Once upon a time the Hares found themselves mightily unsatisfied with the miserable condition they lived in. "Here we live," says one of them, "at the mercy of men, dogs, eagles, and I know not how many other creatures, which prey upon us at pleasure; perpetually in frights, perpetually in danger; and therefore I am absolutely of opinion, that we had better die once for all, than live at this rate in a continual dread that's worse than death itself." The motion was seconded and debated, and a resolution immediately taken, by one and all, to drown themselves. The vote was no sooner passed, but away they scudded with that determination to the next lake. Upon this hurry there leapt a whole shoal of Frogs from the bank into the water, for fear of the Hares. "Nay then, my masters," says one of the gravest of the company, "pray let's have a little patience. Our condition, I find, is not altogether so bad as we fancied it; for there are those, you see, that are as much afraid of us as we are of others."
MORAL. There is no contending with the Orders and Decrees of Providence. He that makes us, knows what is fittest for us; and every man's own lot (well understood and managed) is undoubtedly the best. [more info]

No comments:

Post a Comment