Art of Living without Recognition!!!!

There was a farmer who had a horse and a goat….One day, the horse became ill and he called the doctor,
who said: – Well, your horse has a virus.
He must take this medicine for three days.
I’ll come back on the 3rd day and if he’s not better,
we’re going to have to put him down.
Nearby, the goat listened closely to their conversation. 

 The next day, they gave him the medicine and left. The goat approached the horse and said:

– Be strong, my friend get up or else they’re going to put you to sleep!

On the second day, they gave him the medicine and left.

The goat came back and said:
– Come on buddy, get up or else you’re going to die!

Come on, I’ll help you get up.
Let’s go! One, two, three….

On the third day, they came to give him the medicine
and the vet said:
– Unfortunately, we’re going to have to put him down tomorrow.

Otherwise, the virus might spread and infect the other horses.

After they left, the goat approached the horse and said:
– Listen pal, it’s now or never!
Get up, come on! Have courage!
Come on! Get up! Get up!
That’s it, slowly! Great!
Come on, one, two, three… Good, good.
Now faster, come on…… Fantastic! Run, run more!
Yes! Yay! Yes! You did it, you’re a champion!!!
All of a sudden, the owner came back,
saw the horse running in the field and began shouting:
 It’s a miracle! My horse is cured.
We must have a grand party.
Let’s kill the goat and serve the meat to all.

Pl. comment below and let me know what you think is the moral of the story. What the goat should have done? Should he have acted otherwise?

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82 Comments

    1. Thank you for taking time out to read and comment and ofcourse, one should do good. But is the most practical thing to do? In retrospection, if the goat that lost his life is again given a choice, will he do it again?

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      1. Haha, yes, that’s what. In the utopian world, one would preach about practicing the best practices. But in real world, are those really the most practical thing to do? That was my question after I read the story. Most fables and their life lessons have grown banal and possibly fail in real life situation.. Has the time come to finally outgrow of such life principles?

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    1. I can imagine an indefinite no. of parallel universes arising out of this situation depending upon the action that the goat could have taken. It could have run away, it could have minded its own business, it could have helped the horse.. It chose the third way and the story ended in a particular manner for that reason. It is impossible to know how the story could have moved on if something had happened in a certain way.
      There’s only so much one can plan and foresee.
      What are your thoughts on this?

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      1. Yes it could have had different outcomes depending on various actions taken. If we replace the horse and goat with humans the same dynamics could happen- different outcomes depending on actions taken. Now we get into the nitty gritty-as you say we can plan only so far. Non attachment to outcome is a reasonable attitude to hold I think…so long as ones ‘planning’ is harmful to no-one…

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      2. No our actions have some influence on our destiny – or we can have an influence on our destiny-I think destiny and fate are different but I am really not very sure about ‘answers’ to these existential questions. The questions are so important 😀🎈

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  1. First of all hats off to you for such a meaningful post. I think what goat has done is an act of true friendship but in the end he was forced to end his life that’s the sad part

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    1. Thanks for the kind acknowledgment. The goat indeed was being a true friend. But, alas! Life isn’t all that fair, is it?
      It can be interpreted to the politics in corporate life as well, if you give it a deeper thought.

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  2. Well first of all, what a story! I really enjoyed it. I haven’t read this before, did you write it?
    Also, I believe the goat did the right thing. Often, I too do the same thing. Always helping others. And just like the goat, I too have paid my share of penalties for being altruistic! And I’d like to believe that when the owner shouts about killing thegoat, the goat hears this and starts running. And with the motivation it was previously providing to the horse,it runs far far away and lives happily ever after.
    ((Please let this be true!))

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  3. The story is good, funny and sympathetic at the same time.

    The goat helped the horse and gave him courage to live. That is what is expected of us.

    After the goat helped, the horse came back fit, no matter it was under pretence to avoid being put to sleep. The farmer was excited when he saw the horse on his feet.

    Now the irony is that the goat will be sacrificed for celebration. It is like Jesus who sacrificed himself for us to live.

    I think it’s time for the horse to help the goat. The goat must find a way to escape the danger.

    This is what happens to us as humans. Sometimes our doing good to others can cost us serious issues.

    That is why SOMETIMES, not all the time, before I render help in a daisy situation like this I first seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

    All the same, your story got me thinking.

    Nice one, bless you.

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    1. I agree. There is a difference in the ability to put forth your case. But a lot of times, humans are bound by so many factors that they suffer injustice everyday. Not getting your worth and credit in your workplace is one such example. I know a few people like that and they live a life without motivation beyond a point. It’s saddening.
      P.S. That’s very kind of you, I will sure check your blog for more details! 🙂

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  4. Wow. That story has really made me think. I feel for the poor goat who was trying to help the horse. I hope that is what we might all try and do for a friend who is struggling. Perhaps in turn the goat might now help the horse. But sometimes our values make us compelled to act to help others. To do anything else would be to abandon ourselves. So we must do it regardless of any potential consequences. Still, I feel really bad for the poor goat!

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    1. Yes, see that’s where the dilemma strikes. Our values have instilled the morality and consciousness in us which only gets questioned in difficult situations like this and yes, the poor goat suffered in spite of choosing the righteous path. It’s sad.

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  5. Not too sure what the true moral is but the first thing that entered my head was: Be careful what you wish for. In this case, the goat’s wishing for the horse to get up so that it wouldn’t be put down became the one thing that caused the fall of the goat. Interesting story.

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