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STORIES IN A NUTSHELL – THE FIGHTING COCKEREL

The Fighting Cockerel

A Taoist Tale

There once was a man who wanted his fighting cockerel to be more ferocious. He took the bird to a trainer. In a few weeks’ time he returned and saw that his cockerel didn’t crow as loudly.

“Not ready yet,” said the trainer. Two weeks later he saw that his cockerel barely raised his neck feathers and wings.

“Not ready yet,” said the trainer. Another week passed. His cockerel looked as tame and docile as a chicken.

“You’ve ruined my fine fighting bird!” screamed the man at the trainer.

“Not at all,” the trainer replied, “See how calm and secure he is, how serenely strong he stands today. The other fighting birds take one look at him and they all run away.”