Monkeys Rescue the Moon – A Chinese Tale

monkey_rescue_the_moon_4_by_ironland-d55658yHigh in the mountains, a family of monkeys was playing in the trees. They looked down into a field, and saw the moon at the bottom of a well. Very concerned, the monkeys all went down to investigate. “We need to get the moon out of the well!” they decided, so they found a bucket and formed a long chain holding onto each other’s tails to reach down into the well.

Just as the last monkey could almost scoop the moon into her bucket, the one at the top felt his grip slipping. Suddenly, all the monkeys tumbled into the well, their bucket flying into the air. As they looked up from the bottom, they saw the moon glistening in the sky. “A job well done,” the congratulated each other. “Now how do we get out?”

The moral: Sometimes, what we see with our eyes isn’t the truth, and it’s hard to disprove foolishness.


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