Thursday, June 13, 2013

Aesop's Fable 55: The Old Woman's Rooster

There was once an old lady who employed some young women as her servants. She made her servants work very hard all day long. Because they worked so hard all day long, the women were always very tired and never got enough sleep. Every morning, the old lady woke up the servants at the first light of dawn, just as soon as the rooster crowed "cock-a-doodle-doo."

As you can imagine, the young women did not like having to get up so early. "We need to do something about that rooster!" they said. In desperation, the women decided they would kill the rooster. They thought that if they could get rid of the rooster, the old lady would not wake them so early and they would be able to get more sleep.

Yet things did not turn out as planned. After the servants had killed the rooster, the old lady woke them up in the middle of the night instead. "Woe is us!" the servants cried. "We thought we were going to take care of the problem by getting rid of that rooster, but now we have to get up even earlier than before."

The moral of the story is that when you try to fix a problem, you need to be careful that you don't accidentally make things worse.

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