The Slave and the Lion
This moral story by Aesop presents a beautiful message of kindness that never goes unrewarded or an act of kindness always pays. All the religions of the world teach us how to do good with others because kindness is the foundation of a good society.
Kindness is a reciprocal act and if a person does a good deed with his fellow beings, he is rewarded with a good response too. Human beings can lead a happy social life only if they are kind and generous to one another.
The following story illustrates clearly and aptly the oft-quoted moral. Do good, Have good and Kindness never goes unrewarded:
Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see
It is said that there was a Negro slave. His owner was very cruel and often tortured him severely. Getting tired of his master’s cruelties, the slave fled in the darkness of night. He ran fast and he reached a forest.
He sat under a shady tree to catch his breath when suddenly he was taken aback by hearing the loud roars of a lion. He could not run away because the animal was very near to him.
He was amazed that the lion did not jump and hit him; instead, it was pounding its paw on the ground. He came to the lion and observed one of its paws swollen and bleeding. He held its paw in his hand and found a thorn in it.
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention
He took out that thorn. The lion licked his hands and went away. Soon he heard voices of people near him and before he could run away, he found himself surrounded and captured by soldiers. They put him in prison.
The authorities took the decision to throw him in front of a hungry lion in order to set an example for the other slaves. The day of execution approached and the soldiers brought him to the arena built for such purposes, and they threw him into the cage of a big hungry lion.
As soon as the lion saw him, it roared and rushed towards him. But soon as the lion saw him, it rushed roaring towards him. But soon it stopped short and began licking the hands of its benefactor to the surprise of the spectators.
It was exactly that lion whom the slave had helped in its painful condition. After hearing the story of the slave, the authorities were impressed and forgiven him. It is rightly said, kindness begets kindness.
Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them and they bless you, the giver.
- Do Good, Have Good
- Virtue/kindness never goes unrewarded
- Kindness has its own reward
- Do unto others as you would be done by