The Grass Houses: A Fairy Tale

There were two tribes of natives living in the grasslands. These two tribes were friendly rivals in most aspects of their lives. The most heated part of their rivalry was the splendor of their chief's throne.

One day a scout returns from spying on the other tribe. He reports that their chief has a new glorious throne that makes his chief's current throne seem puny in comparison.

The chief was incensed. How dare he be allowed to have the lesser throne. He immediately calls his most trusted scouts and directs them to acquire the materials for a new throne, more glorious than his rival's throne. The scouts soon depart on their mission.

After several months the scouts return with the proper materials. They spend a full week in a private grass hut building their chief's new more glorious throne. When completed, the chief orders them to stow the throne on the second floor of his grass hut, to be revealed for public display the next day.

During the night, as the chief slept, the throne broke through the second floor of the chief's hut and fell on the chief, killing him.

Moral: People who live in grass houses shouldn't stow thrones.

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