The Wise Judgment of the Ant

vpaulose By vpaulose, 27th Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Ownership and superiority are great problems of life. Everyone wants to possess everything. Everyone wants to dominate others. How can life move on with this kind of selfishness?

The Dispute between birds and animals

"Don't come near the pond, It belongs only to us. It is we who saw it first. We have four legs and we are bigger than you," All the animals roared and growled. They were in quarrel with the birds which came to drink water.
"No, only we have the right to drink water from this pond, because we came flying and saw it first," were the angry words from the birds. They were crowing and cawing.

There was a forest near the Sahara Desert. One hot summer the heat of the sun was so high that almost all the ponds and other water resources became dry. The animals of the forest were in search for hundreds of miles to find a source of water. Thousands of birds were also flying around in search of water. After a long search both the animals and the birds found pond in the center of the forest. But they could not drink the water as they began to quarrel about the ownership of the pond.
The animals fought that it is they who saw the pond first because they had four legs whereas the birds had only two legs. The birds insisted that they could fly and hence they only discovered the pond first even from far.

The quarrel was going on for many days and so neither the animals nor the birds could drink even a drop of water. They were all very thirsty and on both sides many died of thirst. As days went on the problem became very serious. Both the parties came to know that unless some solution was found as early as possible, all would die. They wanted to find someone who could give a judgment amicable to both.

Unending quarrels

The animals proposed the elephant to give a just solution. But the birds objected saying the elephant would become their prime enemy because it has the biggest stomach and would drink the whole pond in no time.
The camel which came from the desert volunteered to give an amicable solution. But even the animals objected it saying, "First of all you don't belong to the forest. If we allow you to drink you will store the whole pond in your water bag!"
The bat came forward. "See, I am an animal. At the same time I can fly. So I can give a suitable judgment."
"But you come only in the night and during the day you stay in dark rooms which may not get a good solution from you. Only evil spirits wander at night," All the animals and birds shouted in chorus.

For many days both animals and the birds were fighting not allowing one another drink water. One by one they were dying unable to quench their thirst. But still they were not able to come to a decision about the right to drink the pond water first. The situation was growing worse and worse day by day.
"Who can give us an agreeable judgment?" Now the animals and birds began to worry. They were fed up with fighting and quarrelling. They found out that they were just wasting their time and energy in unnecessary fighting and quarrels. They turned to God. They began to pray God to show them an amicable way. They considered the deaths and sorrows on both sides. They began to be compassionate to one another. They prayed fervently.

The wise judgment of the ant

It was at this time they noticed the ants speeding their way to their residences and doing their duties perfectly with happy faces.
Some of the animals and birds said, "Let's go to the ants." All others agreed.
They could easily meet the ants and explain their problem.
"Friends, I'm a little servant of all of you. We help others and live in harmony. Please give me one day. I shall also seek the guidance of God along with our other friends and tell our humble suggestions," said the queen of an ant hive.

All the animals and birds agreed to the proposal of the ant queen. They fixed a time and place to gather to hear and accept the judgment of the ant. All of them were very eager to solve the problem. They were now sure that agreeable solution can be achieved this time. All of them prayed with all hope.

The next day dawned brightly and hopefully!
All the animals and birds gathered under a big tree near the pond. The queen ant and her other ants came solemnly but with all simplicity.
All were ready to hear the words of this humble queen!
A Faithful hope filled the whole atmosphere!
"Friends, please hear my humble words. Now your problem is who should drink the water first. To whom does this pond water belong? God has given everything for all creatures to use and live happily. But we should use every natural resource amicably knowing the need of others."
"Yes, yes, what the queen says is absolutely correct. But who should drink it first? That's our problem," shouted the animals and birds.
"Friends, I know what's going on in your minds. It’s about who would drink first. Water is for quenching thirst. So if a bird is thirsty let the bird drink first. If an animal is thirsty let the animal drink and if both of them are thirsty at the same time let the smaller and weaker one have the share first."

All the animals and birds accepted the judgment. They felt that it is an amicable solution. They remembered the losses of their unnecessary quarrels. Now they were all convinced that life is sharing. They thanked the ant and praised the ant queen for her wise judgment.


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author avatar juny
27th Aug 2011 (#)

There is always a wisdom to learned if we only try to look all the things around us.
You did a great job on this story sir- :)

I will read more of your page/s.

good day :)

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author avatar vpaulose
29th Aug 2011 (#)

Thanks for your appreciation. Please read my articles and comment.

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author avatar Val Mills
27th Aug 2011 (#)

Nice work Humans have a lot to learn from animals

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author avatar vpaulose
29th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you for commenting.

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author avatar Buzz
28th Aug 2011 (#)

Aesopaulose, if I may say so! Thanks for the lesson you shared, dear friend.

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author avatar vpaulose
29th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you for commenting dear Buzz.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Aug 2011 (#)

Wonderful, wonderful story, my dear brother vpaulose. You always surprise me with the breadth and scope of your many different articles which you write so very well. Thank you. God bless you.

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author avatar vpaulose
30th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you dear brother Steve for your loving interest in my articles. Everyday I look forward to your comments.Thanks a lot.

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author avatar Sam Bralley
4th Sep 2011 (#)

very well written with compassion and wisdom. All of this world's store is here to be enjoyed by all. Good lesson...

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author avatar vpaulose
4th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you dear Sam. Please help me to promote articles here and Redgage.

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