Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Soldier and Horse

A soldier took the utmost pains to care his horse. As long as the war lasted, he looked upon horse as his fellow-helper in all emergencies and fed him carefully with hay and corn. But when the war was over, he only allowed him chaff to eat and made him carry heavy loads of wood, and ill treated. War was again proclaimed. The Soldier put on horse its military trappings, and mounted, being clad in his heavy coat of mail. The Horse fell down straightway under the weight, no longer equal to the burden, and said to his master:
"You must now go to the war on foot, for you have transformed me from a Horse into a Donkey; and how can you expect that I can again turn in a moment from a Donkey to a Horse?"

MORAL: Use the skill judiciously.

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