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The Wood Cutter

There was once a woodcutter working in a clearing in the forrest when he saw a strange animal peaking at him from behind a bush. And thinking to have this animal for dinner, he rushed at it with his axe.  Then the animal laughed from the opposite side of the clearing because this animal had ...

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The Story of the Chinese Farmer

Once upon a time there was a Chinese farmer whose horse ran away. That evening, all of his neighbors came around to commiserate. They said, “We are so sorry to hear your horse has run away. This is most unfortunate.” The farmer said, “Maybe.” The next day the horse came back bringing seven wild horses ...

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Short Story for Marikana

“One fine day it occurred to the Members of the Body that they were doing all the work and the Belly was having all the food. So they held a meeting, and after a long discussion, decided to strike work till the Belly consented to take its proper share of the work. So for a ...

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Story :: Lessons from Julius Malema on Dealing with Difficulty

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The rise [again] of Julius Malema reminds me of a short story told by a monk about a donkey that fell in a well;  it goes something like this (note that I’ve re-adapted it as a metaphor): Once upon a time there was a donkey taking a stroll in an open forest.  The donkey wasn’t very ...