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The Fir Tree and The Bramble

A Fable by Aesop

Deep in a lush, green forest, a tall fir tree stood beside a twisted, thorny bramble. One day it grandly said to the thorny bush, “Bush, if you had one wish in all this wide world, wouldn’t you rather be a tall, straight fir tree like me?”

“No,” said the twisted bush, “Just like you, I’m proud of what I am. Besides, I wouldn’t take the gamble. When the woodcutter comes to cut tall, straight firs, wouldn’t you rather be a bramble?”