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The Hares and the Frogs

"The Hares and the Frogs" is a short fable by Aesop that delivers a powerful message about perspective and fear. In this tale, a group of hares, overwhelmed by their own fears and anxieties, decide to drown themselves. As they run to a pond to carry out their plan, they scare off some frogs who were sitting by the pond. Seeing the fear in the frogs, the hares realize that there are others who are more fearful than them, and this revelation gives them the courage to continue with their lives. The story emphasizes that no matter how bad a situation may seem, there is always someone who could be in a worse predicament.

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Hares, as you know, are very timid. The least shadow, sends them scurrying in fright to a hiding place. Once they decided to die rather than live in such misery. But while they were debating how best to meet death, they thought they heard a noise and in a flash were scampering off to the warren. On the way they passed a pond where a family of Frogs was sitting among the reeds on the bank. In an instant the startled Frogs were seeking safety in the mud. "Look," cried a Hare, "things are not so bad after all, for here are creatures who are even afraid of us!" However unfortunate we may think we are there is always someone worse off than ourselves.
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Aesop

Aesop was an ancient Greek storyteller and fabulist, known for his collection of fables. His fables often featured animals as characters and conveyed moral lessons or wisdom through short narratives. Some of his most famous fables include "The Tortoise and the Hare," "The Boy Who Cried Wolf," and "The Fox and the Grapes." These timeless stories continue to be widely read and adapted to this day. more…

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