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SHORT STORY: ARE ANIMALS BETTER TEACHERS?

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    Once in a literary congregation a king and his ministers wanted to know who is a better teacher, man or animal. The scholars who had assembled there agreed that, ‘Man is a better teacher than animals.’

    The king then asked the scholars, ‘What have you taught the animals that you have so much airs about yourselves?

    ‘Well … your Majesty animals are duffers. They refuse to learn anything from we … human beings.’

    ‘So does it mean that animals are duffers, or does it mean that man is a duffer, who is unable to teach them anything? And what have you learnt from the animals?’ The king placed a smart rejoinder.

    One scholar got up and said, ‘Your Majesty we have learnt nothing from animals we are self-made.’

    ‘Then from whom did man learn flying?’ Asked the king. The gathering of scholars went quiet. The king repeated his question. One scholar broke his silence and said. ‘From the birds.’

    ‘Who taught the man to swim?’ Asked, the minister, who was giving the king, company. Another scholar got up and said, ‘Fish.’

    ‘And, who taught man cunningness?’ Asked another minister.

    A young scholar replied, ‘Fox.’

   ‘And what about ferociousness?’ This time it was the king himself.

    Another scholar replied, ‘Tiger.’

    ‘What about Gymnastics?’ It was the king again. ‘Monkey.’ Replied a senior scholar.

    ‘And what about sprinting?’ Enquired the king as he hadn’t given up yet. The scholars pondered for a moment, and then, one scholar said, ‘Cheetah.’ And another one said, ‘Antelope.’

    ‘What about sting?’ Asked the Prime Minister who was quiet till now.

   ‘Obviously the bee and even the scorpion.’ Replied the head of the scholars.

    ‘And who taught man how to cross the desert? It was the Prime Minister again.

    “The Camel.’ Replied another scholar who was hitherto quiet.

    ‘So even after learning so many things from the animals you call yourself self-made, and in return, what have you taught them, or was it that the animals found nothing worth in a man to learn from.’ Retorted the king. There was pin drop silence when the youngest scholar out of the lot got up and said,

    ‘Your Majesty animals aren’t good teachers, it is only the man who is a smart learner.’

    ‘So then, let’s summarize. Man is both a good teacher and a learner, but animals on the contrary, are neither good teachers nor learners.’ Ridiculed the king.

    ‘Yes your Majesty.’ Dared the youngest scholar.

    ‘Then why didn’t you learn the virtues of a cow if you were a smart learner?’ Queried the king.

    ‘Because, the need for that was never felt as man could do without virtues your majesty.’ Replied the eldest scholar.

    Moral of the story: Man has an inflated ego. He doesn’t want to accept that animals are good teachers, nor does he want to accept that animals are good learners, nor does the man want to accept that he is a bad teacher. Man is just man and will remain a man a unique species on earth.  

 Written by Kamlesh Tripathi

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