I shared in my earlier blog “Who is the King of the Jungle?” about a lion that was proud of his supposed mastery of the animal kingdom. So he went to ask all of the other animals to make sure they knew he was indeed the king of the jungle. The lion ended being badly wounded by the elephant. This lion did not learn his lesson for this episode.
Recovering for his injuries, the lion was back to his usual self – proud and ungrateful. He continued to like everyone to praise that he was better than them. Feeling unsecured at times, he would roar to his wife, “Look at me, I’m the greatest, I’m the strongest, I’m the most virtuous, I’m simply the best.”
Well his wife told him, “If you are the best, why don’t you ask everyone else. Maybe they don’t think so. Maybe they have forgotten about it. Maybe there is someone out there who is greater than you now.”
This concerned the lion. Avoiding the elephant, he decided again to go to all other animals there were and asked them. He said, “Don’t worry, I won’t hurt you, I just want to ask you a question. Who is the king of the jungle? Who is the greatest? Have you forgotten the answer?”
Every one was too afraid to tell him that they thought he was too proud. They feared he might eat them if they said something he wouldn’t like to hear. So they all told him, “You are the king of the jungle, you are the greatest, we have not forgotten about it”. Everyone except for the rabbit.
The rabbit wasn’t scared. He wasn’t afraid because he was very clever and he had an idea. He told the lion, “You are not the greatest.”
The lion got very angry. This was not what he wanted to hear. He roared, “Well if I’m not the greatest, who is? I want to meet him!”
So the rabbit told him, “Follow me, I’ll show you”. They came to a clearing in the jungle where there was a well.
The rabbit said, “Put your head in there and roar.”
So the lion roared in the well. The roar echoed back very loudly. The lion, a little bit nervous now, asked, “Who is that? Is that another lion?”
The rabbit said, “Yes it is. He’s down there and he says he’s the real king of the jungle and that he’s much greater than you”.
This made the lion angrier than he had ever been. He roared, “I’ll show him! I’m the greatest!” And he jumped into the well trying to defeat the other lion. The lion was never heard of again.
That is how the rabbit tricked the lion.
The moral of the story:
1. Even though the lion was the strongest, the rabbit was more intelligent. Using your brain is better than using your power!
2. The lion did not learn his lesson the first time. He was not given a second chance. He became a victim of his pride. “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. – Proverbs 11:2”
I do not claim ownership to the Lion and Rabbit story. I received them from emails. I am sharing them hoping to bring joy and laughter to you – as “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” – Proverb 17:22.