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September 21, 2007

Turtle and Crab

Filed under: social — Tags: , — Hailin @ 3:43 pm


 I read this following story originally told in Chinese. I like it so much that I want to translate it into English.

One day I walked by a rural fare in a city, I saw two baskets laid on the side of the road. One has cover and the other doesn’t.

I was very curious and asked the peasant why. I found out that the one with cover holds turtles, and the other one without cover holds crabs. As long as one crab wants to craw out of the basket, the other crabs would drag it down using their claws, therefore, the basket doesn’t need a cover.

On the country, turtles would lie on each other’s back: the oldest lies on the bottom, then younger ones, then baby turtle, would craw onto each other’s back with amazing order until they reach the edge of the basket. As a result, turtles would craw out of the basket one after another!

In a team, would you be a turtle or a crab?

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