Thursday, August 25, 2011

井底的青蛙 The Frog at the Bottom of the Well

How do we know if we are not the frog inside a well? We'll never know the truth if the sea turtle didn't show up.

I admire the bear who went over the mountain to see what's on the other side of the mountain. However, I'm sure the frog would be quite content to continue living inside the well even if he has learned about the great exciting sea. His life in the well is indeed very peaceful and comfortable. As a Chinese saying goes: "My nest made of hay is much better than gold and silver nests that belong to others."

很久很久以前,在一口老井里住着一只青蛙。 一天,青蛙在井边遇到一只从东海来的大龟。青蛙就对海龟说:“你看,我住的地方多好啊!世界上没有比我的井更好的地方了。 如果我想玩,就可以跳到井边玩。 玩腻了,就回到井里休息一下,露出头和嘴巴,安安静静地泡在水里, 这多方便啊!或者在软软的泥里散散步,也很舒适。而且,我是这个井里的主人,想做什么就做什么,你为什么不进来看看呢?”

那海龟听了青蛙的话,就到井里去看了看。觉得井里不像青蛙说得那么好,又小又黑,一点儿意思都没有, 就对青蛙说:“你看见过大海吗?闹水灾的时候,海水不会多很多。很长时间不下雨,海水也不会少很多。 住在大海里才真的快乐呢!”


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A long long time ago,  in a deserted well lived a frog. One day, on the edge of the well, the frog met a big turtle from the East Sea.  The frog said to the turtle: "Look, what a nice place I'm living at! No place in the world can be better than my well. If I feel like playing, I can jump onto the edge of the well and play there.  If I'm tired of playing, I will return to the well and take a rest. I'll soaking myself in the water quietly, showing only my head and mouth. How convenient it is! Or I could take a walk in the soft mud, and it is also very relaxing. Moreover,  I'm the master of the well. So I can do anything I want. Why don't you come inside and have a look?

Hearing this, the turtle went inside the well and took a look.  It was a small dark place, not interesting at all. He felt it was not as nice as the frog talked about. So he said to the frog,  "Have you ever see the sea? In times of flooding, the water in the sea didn't increase much. If it doesn't rain for a long time, the sea water won't decrease much either.  It is real happiness to live in the sea!"

The frog was very embarassed when he heard this. He then realized that he didn't know  a lot (about the outside world).

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