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Polaris AB: The Fable Collection of Short Stories
A Farmer was driving his wagon along a well-used country road after a heavy rain.
The horses could hardly drag the load through the deep mud, and at last came to a standstill when one of the wheels sank down deeply into a rut. The farmer climbed down from his seat and stood beside the wagon looking at the wheel. Without any effort on his part, he cursed his bad luck that the road was in a poor state, that the horses were not strong enough to pull the wagon out of the rut and that there was no-one else around to help him.
He called out loudly to the Gods and to Hercules to come to his aid and rescue him from his disaster.
In a moment, Hercules came to him in thought and vision.
"Put your shoulder to the wheel, man, and urge on your horses. Do you think you can move the wagon by simply looking at it and whining about it? You have found yourself in a situation and you can work to resolve it. We will not help unless you make some effort to help yourself and then we would be willing to do so again."
So, the farmer put his shoulder to the wheel and urged on the horses and the wagon slowly moved up out of the rut and back onto solid ground once more. Soon the Farmer was riding along in great content, muddy and dirty from the experience but with the joy of a lesson learnt and a tale to tell.
And the Moral of the story is :
A good teacher will always guide others to help themselves.
Aesop's Fables c. 600 B.C.