The Boy who Cried, Wolf! | Aesop’s Fable
We must have all heard the story about a shepherd boy who lost all his sheep. “The Boy who Cried, Wolf!”, just know how lie words have overshadowed his stupidity…..
Once upon a time, there was a boy who used to take his sheep to graze on the slope of the hill. This was his daily routine. The shepherd boy was bored with his daily routine. He used to leave his sheep to graze and kept looking at them. One day, a mischief idea came to his mind to entertain himself.
He wanted to annoy the people, so he shouted out loud “Wolf came! Wolf came!” When the villagers heard the sound of his shouting, they ran towards the hill to drive that animal away. But when they arrived, they did not see any wolf there. The boy was happy to see the angry faces of those villagers.
The villagers warned the boy that he should not make such a joke and they left that place in anger. But all those talks had no effect on the boy. Similarly, one day he again shouted loudly the same word.
Hearing the shouting of the boy, all the villagers once again ran towards the hill. But this time too, seeing no sign of that animal, they got very angry.
They angrily warn the boy, “If that animal really comes this time, we won’t come to save you.”
After saying this, all the people left there. The boy was laughing at their words. He was happy to see the villagers being harassed.
After some days, the boy saw a real wolf around him. Horrified, he jumped to his feet and shouted as loudly as he could that same words. But people of the village felt that he was fooling them again. So they ignored him and did not go for help. The boy was continually shouting for help.
In the evening, the villagers started searching for the boy who had gone to the hill to graze the sheep and did not return. When they reached the hill, they found him crying. The boy cried, “There was really a wolf here that killed many of my sheep. I screamed. But no one came to help me.”
Hearing his words, an old man went to comfort him and said, “Faith is reduced by repeated lies. Then no matter how much we tell the truth, no one trusts us.”
What is the Moral of ‘The Boy who Cried, Wolf’ Story
We get a moral from this story that we should never joke with anyone’s faith. If a person believes in us, then it is our duty that we should maintain his/her trust.
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Application of ‘The Boy who Cried, Wolf!’ The story in Real Life
- Always telling lies affects our personality and one day we become liars in the eyes of our loved ones. No one believes us, even our own. That’s why we shouldn’t lie.
- We should joke with someone as much as he/she likes. Joking over the limit sometimes becomes dangerous as you read in this story.
- We should also follow the advice of our elders because our elders are more experienced than us. Whatever he teaches us, it is for our good only. We should not insult their words.
- Be it personal life or professional, we should pay special attention to the fact that we should stay within our limits. The result of too much of anything is always bad.
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