THE BOYS AND THE FROGS

Some boys were playing around a pond when they spotted a group of frogs hopping and swimming about in the water. The boys began to throw rocks at the frogs and even competed against each other as to who could hit the most frogs. Sometimes the rocks hit the frogs so hard that they died.
 Finally one frog hopped upon a lily pad.  “Please stop,” he pleaded, “What may seem just fun to you is death to us.”  

Moral : We should not have our pleasures at the expense of others.

The Bear and the bees

A bear came across a log where a swarm of bees had nested to make their honey. As he snooped around, a single little bee flew out of the log to protect the swarm. Knowing that the bear would eat all the honey, the little bee stung him sharply on the nose and flew back into the log.
This flew the bear into an angry rage. He swatted at the log with his big claws, determined to destroy the nest of bees inside.This only alerted the bees and quick as a wink, the entire swarm of bees flew out of the log and began to sting the bear from head to heel. The bear saved himself by running to and diving into the nearest pond.

Moral : It is better to bear a single injury in silence than to bring about a thousand by reacting in anger.

DON’T CHANGE THE WORLD 

Once upon a time, there was a king who ruled a prosperous country. One day, he went for a trip. When he was back to his palace his feet were very painful because it was the first time that he went for such a long trip, and the road that he went through was very rough and stony. He then ordered his people to cover every road of the entire country with leather.Definitely, this would need thousands of cow’s skin, and would cost a huge amount of money.

                                                                             

Then one of his wise servants dared himself to tell the king, “Why you have to spend that unnecessary amount of money? Why don’t you just cut a little piece of leather to cover your feet?”  The king was surprised, but he later agreed to his suggestion, to make a “shoe” for himself. 

 Moral : to make this world a happy place to live, you better change yourself – your heart; and not the world.

THE LION AND THE MOUSE

A Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up and down upon him; this soon   wakened the Lion, who catched the mouse. “Pardon, O King,” cried the little Mouse: “forgive me this time, may be able to return the favour some day… The lion let him go.”

Some time after the Lion was caught in a trap. Just then the little Mouse happened to pass by, soon gnawed away the ropes.

Moral of Aesops Fable: Little friends may prove great friends 

The Ant and the Grashopper

One summer’s day, a merry Grasshopper was dancing, singing and playing his violin with all his heart. He saw an Ant passing by, bearing along with great toil a wheatear to store for the winter.
“Come and sing with me instead of working so hard”, said the Grasshopper “Let’s have fun together.”
“I must store food for the winter”, said the Ant, “and I advise you to do the same.”
“Don’t worry about winter, it’s still very far away”, said the Grasshopper, laughing at him. But the Ant wouldn’t listen and continued his toil.
When the winter came, the starving Grasshopper went to the Ant’s house and humbly begged for something to eat.
“If you had listened to my advice in the summer you would not now be in need,” said the Ant. “I’m afraid you will have to go supperless to bed,” and he closed the door.

Moral : It is best to prepare for the days of necessity.

The Rabbit’s Liver (Mr. Rabbit and the Dragon King) : Korean folktale

Long ago, the Dragon King, who lives under the Southern Sea, was very sick. Doctors told him the only cure his illness was the liver of a rabbit. Dragon King called all of his advisers; however whales, fishes, squids and lobsters all were afraid of going to the surface. Finally a turtle volunteered, and so it was he who went in search of the rabbit. He came up to a sandy beach, where he found a furry white animal hopping by on its hind legs.

“Excuse me, dear sir,” said the turtle, “but might you be a rabbit.”

“Why, yes, I am,” answered the rabbit. “Why do you ask?”

“I have been sent by His Majesty, the Dragon King. He has sent me to invite a creature of your description to come and be his guest in his wonderful palace under the sea.”

“I would love to visit,” said the rabbit. “But I can’t swim.

 “Oh, do not worry,” said the turtle. “I will take you down on my back.

So the rabbit sat on the turtle’s back and they swam down into the Southern Sea. When they reached the Dragon palace, it didn’t take long for the rabbit to learn that he had been tricked.

“I regret that I must eat your liver to regain my health,” said the Dragon King.

At first the rabbit was terribly scared, but he was clever, and he thought quickly. “Your Majesty,” he said, bowing humbly, “I would like nothing better than to be the one who cures you. But I’m afraid my liver is a very valuable organ, and so I do not travel with it. If I had only known you would be needing it, I would have brought it with me. But at the moment it is safely hidden in a secret place in the forest. Please, Your Majesty, if you will have the turtle take me back to the surface, I will gladly return with my liver. It will be an honor to sacrifice myself for you.”

The Dragon King was very impressed by rabbit’s devotion, and so he gave him permission to return to the world of land to get his liver. The turtle took him back. When they reached back, the rabbit quickly hopped off the turtle’s back and said, “Thank you for the ride … you don’t really believe I keep my liver hidden in the forest, do you?”

“What?” said the turtle. “You mean, you lied to us?”

“Did you think I was really going to let your stupid Dragon King cut me open and take my liver? Ha!” And the clever rabbit hopped off into the forest.

Source: “Korean Folk Tales; in the old, old days, when tigers smoked tobacco pipes” Translated by Heinz Insu Fenkl, Published by www.boleafbooks.com