Monday, July 23, 2007


Long time ago, God put two flocks of sheeps on grassland: one group in the north and one group in the south. God also gave them two types of native predators: Lion and wolf.

God told the sheeps: “If you choose the wolf, I shall give you one, and it’s allowed to bite you at its will. If you choose the lion, I shall give you two, and you are allowed to choose from the two which is to live on the grassland, and you can replace it at any time.”

So, the question is: If you are one of the sheep, what will you choose? A wolf or two lions?

It’s easy to make your choice, right? Remember your choice, and continue with our story.

The sheeps in the south thought that the lions are more fierce than wolf, so they picked the wolf.

The sheeps in the north thought that although the lions are more fierce than the wolf, they had an the option to choose. So they choose two lions.

The wolf started eating the sheep once it entered the herd in the south. The wolf was smaller and it had smaller appetite. One sheep was enough to appease its hunger for days. So the sheeps only were hunted once a few days.

The sheeps in the north chose a lion and left another with God. The lion started eating the sheeps once it entered the herd in the north. The lion was more fierce than the wolf and it had much larger appetite. It needed to eat a sheep each day to keep its stomach full. So the sheeps was hunted everyday, and they were very afraid.

They asked God to replace the lion. But the lion that stayed with the God has not eaten anything and it was very hungry. It pounced on the sheeps and bite like crazy. The sheeps had to run for their life everyday until they didn’t have any time to eat.

The sheeps in the south were please that they had made the right choice, and they laughed at the sheep in the north for being stupid for chosing the wrong predator.

The sheeps in the north regreted their choice. They complained to God, and asked God to change their native predator to a wolf. But God said: “No. Once the native predator was chosen, it cannot be changed anymore. You must live with it forever. Your only option is to choose between the two lions.” The sheeps in the north have to keep rotating the two lions.

But both lions were the same. Both of them showed no mercy. No matter how they rotated the lions, their situation was always much more miserable than the sheep at the south. At last, they stoped rotating. They kept a lion full all the time while letting another one suffer in hunger. They only replaced the lions when the hungry lion was dying.

After a long time of hunger, the hungry lion realized that: Even though they are much stronger than the sheeps, its fate was controlled by the sheeps. The sheep could can send him back to God anytime, and let him suffer and die in hunger.

So it treated the sheeps very well, and it only ate the dead and the old sheeps. It would not eat the healthy sheeps. The sheeps felt very surprised and were happy. Some of the younger sheeps even suggested letting the hungry lion to stay with them forever. But one of the elder reminded them: “The lion treats us good because it is afraid that we’ll send it back to the God. If we let another lion die, we’ll left with no choice and the hungry lion will return to its nature and starts hunting us again.” The sheeps agreed with the elder. To prevent another lion from starving to death, they replaced it after a few weeks.

And the lion also realized that its fate was also controlled by the sheep. In order to stay longer on the grassland, the lions’ tried its best to please the sheep. Another lion felt so sad that it had to suffer hunger again.

After experiencing such a hard time, the sheep in the north finally can enjoy themselves.

In the mean time, the situation of the sheeps in the south became worse. Since the wolf had no competitor and the sheeps couldn’t replace it, it started to act wildly. It had to kill ten sheep everyday. It didn’t eat sheep anymore. It only drank their blood. The sheep were not allowed to make a sound because they would be killed by the wolf if they did.

In the end, the sheep at the south could only bemoan: “We should have chosen the lions in the first place……”.

End of story.

The moral of the story

We can only surrender if we don’t have the right to choose and decide (like the sheep at the south). But democracy gives us an opportunity to exercise our power to choose and decide our destiny (like the sheep at the north).

Regretfully, in our country, many people do not realize that they have the power to do so. They keep feeding the same lion with their flesh and blood while letting another one starve to death. As a result, the lion grows stronger and its appetite becomes larger. It starts to think itself as the King and do not care for the sheeps as long as it’s happy. It hopes that this situation will last forever.

So, I hope that after reading this story, you’ll realize that you have the power to choose. You have to show the lions who’s the boss!!!