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Polaris AB: The Fable Collection of Short Stories
A farmer had trained a young pup how to round up and control the cattle in the fields. As the dog grew older, he became a useful companion to the farmer and lived with him in the farmhouse.
One day, after a particular hot summer, the farm had become over-run with rats, so the farmer decided to get a cat to help with the problem. The cat did such a good job catching the rats that the farmer gave her a place of comfort to live within the farmhouse.
But it is well known that dogs and cats do not always make the best of friends and the cat did not like the dog living alongside her. She would spit and hiss at the dog whenever he passed by causing him to bark and growl in response. The farmer quickly decided that having the cat and dog living together was not such a good idea, so the dog was moved outside to live within the barn instead, far away from the cat.
The cat liked to sit in the light of the open farmhouse window licking and preening herself whilst sneering at all the other animals outside.
Looking down at the dog below, she gloated - "How much you have fallen from your favoured position and have now been cast aside into the yard with the rest of the animals. You should have shown me more respect while you had your Master's favour for I now hold the privileged position."
After some time, the farmer decided he wanted to marry and found a beautiful young bride to bring back to live with him and assist him with the many farmhouse chores. Unfortunately, the young woman was not a lover of cats as they brought upon her sneezing fits which lasted throughout the night. Despite it being winter time, the cat quickly found herself being moved from her privileged position within the farmhouse and outside away from the new farmer's wife.
The cat had no choice but to join all the other animals in the warmth and protection of the barn alongside the dog as well. The dog had become accepted by the rest of the herd, and together they offered each other protection and friendship.
"In your own words" - said the dog - "how quickly you have fallen from favoured position and have now been cast aside to join with the rest of us. Your position of privilege lasted as long as the Master decided it so and not by your own self-appointed merits. For you will see now, that our roles have not changed, we still serve the same purpose, but we are no longer considered the same, as we are quickly replaced by those held more suitable to take our place."
And the Moral of the Story is:
Do not consider positions of privilege as being permanent, there are always others that would easily replace you.