Friday, November 12, 2010

A tale of Don't Cry Wolf and Pay the Piper!

I'm sure we have heard about the story of the boy who cried wolf and the Pied Piper.
In the boy who cried wolf, we are told there was a boy who wanted to play a joke on the town people.  With that he made sure the town people knew there was a wolf by making a lot of noise and shouting.  The town people rushed out of their homes and businesses with their pitchforks and whatever weapon they could think of to harm the wolf.  The town people came up and the boy told them he was just playing a trick.  The town people were not too happy about this.  They went back feeling grumpy and irritable. 
The next day the boy figured he had so much fun the day before he figured he would do it again.  So he did the whole process again but this time he was louder and the town people came up and acted the same way the day before. 
The boy was thinking it was funny that he did it the third time and this time the town people was not taking the joke and staying in their homes and businesses.  Though a short time later a wolf did approach and the boy tried as hard as he could to get the attention of the town people but with so many jokes and false hopes the town people decide to not do anything.
For that reason the wolf killed most of the sheep and even the boy. 
In the Pied Piper, there was a city overrun by rats.  They would get into everything, (food, glasses, clothes, closets and anywhere else.  The town council tried to find a way to get rid of the rats.  The Pied Piper strolled into town knowing there was a problem and asked to talk to the city council to rid the problem.  The city council debated and finally agreed to let the Pied Piper in.  They talked and asked the Pied Piper if they would get rid of the rats they would pay the Pied Piper a handsome amount of money. 
The Pied Piper went outside and played on his flute.  He carried a certain tune that only the rats would only hear. So he solved the problem of the rats and drowned them into the ocean.  He went back to get his reward and the town council denied his good deed.  They were so glad for the rats being gone that they lied to him and had no desire to pay for the task. 
The Pied Piper wasn't too happy about that deal.  He went back to the town square and played the flute but this time it wasn't on animals it was on humans, (children) to be more exact. He played the most beautiful tune that only a child could hear and would follow the tune.  The children all followed the Pied Piper into a mysterious cave but only one child didn't quite make it. 
The adults were all feeling sad that their children weren't there anymore.  The town council felt awful for what they did.  The town council tried to find the Pied Piper again by sending out runners to find him.  They never found him or the children.
What kind of lesson do we get from these two tall stories?
The first one is:
  • Be honest when you need help.
  • Face the consequences of your actions.
  • The moral to this tale is Even when liars tell the truth, they are never believed. The liar will lie once, twice, and then perish when he tells the truth.
  • If you "cry wolf" one too many times people will stop trusting in you and not come to your aid.
 The second is quite similar to the first.
  •  "Pay the piper" means to face the inevitable consequences of one's actions.
  • Don't make up a fib to get out of a situation and promise to pay the person back and not do so.
We commonly hear the phrase, "Don't cry wolf", and "You got to pay the piper" But as adults we heard these when we were young as a child and took them to heart.  Now that we are adults we must not forgot the tales that have been taught to us.  For the same result of the two tales can happen to us even though we are adults in an adult world.  You will still face the consequences just as the children now do. 
I know that sometimes I'm getting told the same two phrases every so often.  Sometimes I regret it for what I did but, I know that I can't change the present or the past but could change the future by remembering these two tales. 

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