The story goes like this.
This is the story of the snake and saw. One day, a snake entered a Carpentry Shop, and as it crawled to the corner, it went through a saw and accidentally wounded itself slightly. Angered by the wound, the snake turned and “attacked” the saw. Biting and wrapping its body around the saw to “squeeze” the saw to death. Unfortunately, it just hurting itself a lot worse than the initial scratch. In the end, the snake died from serious injury from the saw, which was rather self-inflicted.
The Snake and Saw Moral of the Story
- Just because you’re tough does not mean that you have to show it all the time. If the snake, ignore the scratch, it would be just fine.
- Anger, it could be the death of us. Muhammad SAW once said if you want to enter paradise, don’t be (foolishly) angry.
- Learn when to quit. If the snake quit before it inflicts much more serious self-injury, it might survive.
- Oh yes, looking at the incident from a vintage point of view, we might think that the snake was dumb. But, we would be too, if we were embroiled in anger.
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