BLACK CAT, WHITE CAT OR BROWN CAT - STILL A CAT A story is told about three cats who lived...
BLACK CAT, WHITE CAT OR BROWN CAT – STILL A CAT
A story is told about three cats who lived in neighboring houses. They were close friends and used to meet to discuss matters of common interest. One of them was white in colour, another was black and the third was brown.
One day, the black cat argued that his color was the best as he could hide in dim light and pounce on prey without getting noticed. He added that the white color of his friend was a terrible disadvantage in catching prey in dim light.
The white cat retorted that white was a superior color as it was a combination of all colors and a symbol of purity. He added that black was the absence of any color. When the argument became uncontrollable, the brown cat intervened. He said, “I will tell a story. Listen carefully and then decide which the better color is.”
He narrated a novel story: Before the creation of cats, the creator made models of cats using clay. Then he put them one by one in to the fire to strengthen and harden them before instilling life into them. When he introduced the first model in the furnace, he had no idea about the optimum time for hardening. He kept it for a long time and it got charred and over burnt. That was how the first ‘black’ cat was created. He learned a lesson but brought the black model to life. All black cats are his descendants. The next time, he was very cautious to avoid overheating. So he removed the model from the furnace a bit too early to avoid overheating.
The model was under burnt and white in color. The white cats descended from him. Now he became proficient in the art and science of hardening the models. So the third experiment was successful and the model was removed at the correct temperature. It was perfect and had beautiful brown color. All brown cats, including me, are his descendants. We were heated and hardened correctly for the optimum time and temperature. Now you know who the result of a perfect creation is.
The story amused the black and white cats though they knew that it was fictitious. They stopped their fight and became friends again, realizing that external appearance is insignificant and that nobody wins through argument.
I find that quite hilarious, but oh well, there I learn my lesson: I learn that I am not superior to any other person. I may have ‘better looks’, be ‘more intelligent’, have ‘longer hair ‘be ‘wealthier, ’etc. All these attributes may make us feel good about ourselves however, the truth of the matter is that there is something you have that I don’t have. That should not make me feel terrible about myself – no, it makes me realize that we are all unique in our own ways.
Whether you are a black, white or brown cat – you are still a cat and a unique being, moulded by the Creator above. We are all fearfully and wonderfully made and should see each other as such. A challenge to you, love and appreciate yourself, but remember to love the other person and embrace them in the same way. Which cat do you think you could have been? To read more posts by Mercy, click HERE
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