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Parable of the Day: The Stream Into the Abyss


Once upon a time there were three friends who went swimming in a river close to a waterfall. As they crossed the river, they figured out that they were going adrift. The current was calm but it was speeding up as it went down to the waterfall. Two of the friends were afraid of it, so they returned ashore and started calling the third friend. But he simply laughed at them and yelled:

“I feel so easy now!”

His friends were terrified and yelled at him:

“Keep closer to the shore, the water will wash you down!”

However, he responded:

“On the contrary, swimming is becoming easier and easier. I almost don’t need to do anything in order to swim…”

Moments later, he suddenly realized that the current was carrying him at a dreadful speed towards the waterfall but it was too late. Another desperate cry — and the swimmer sank into the abyss.

The swimmers are us. It is easy and convenient to swim downstream in life. However, the careless swimmers may find themselves in the abyss.

Translated by The Catalog of Good Deed

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