This story is related to the following morals:
- Haste makes Waste.
- Greed is a curse.
- Hasty action can ruin us.
- It is no use crying over spilt milk.
- Something is better than nothing
- Do not desire too much.
- A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
- All covet, all lose.
“Haste makes waste” is a common English proverb or saying. It means that those who act without thought and consideration bring trouble to themselves. We should think of the results of a serious action. We should never act hastily or in a hurry in important matters if we do this we really suffer badly.
The Holy Quran says “haste is of the devil.” Colton says “hurry is the mark of a weak mind.” Anything done hurriedly without thinking and care brings trouble. So is greed. In greed you think you are gaining something. In fact you are losing it. It is like selling your house for a big profit. Later you find that you have lost all comfort and can’t buy a new house. The following story shows this fact clearly.
A jolly foolish man lived in a city with his family. He had some hens that he kept very dearly in an enclosure. One of his hens laid a golden egg every second or third day. The man became greedy. He thought of getting all the golden eggs-from-the stomach of the hen in one attempt. He decided to kill the hen to take them out.
The man took a knife and started towards the courtyard where the hen was sitting. By chance, a guest was staying in the man’s house. He asked him what he was going to do. The man told him that he was going to take out all the golden eggs from the stomach of the hen. The guest warned him that such a hasty action would be very harmful. The man did not listen to the guest’s warning. He killed the hen and tore open its stomach.
The man was shocked to see that there was no golden egg in the hen’s stomach. He began crying wildly because he could no more get any golden egg. He felt very sorry for losing the valuable hen for all time. He did not feel like eating anything. He could not sleep for three nights. Later in life he often remembered his hen and sometimes wept to miss it.
The man decided to act carefully and wisely for all time.