Have you ever seen a crab walking on land ? It walks as if tilted to one side. Its body is such that it cannot walk straight. And it is a fact that is true of all the crabs on the earth.

One day a mother-crab was sitting on the bank of a river. Her young son was playing nearby. The mother was feeling very happy to see him move about.

Suddenly the mother noticed one thing. She saw that her son walked tilting his body side-ways—not straight. She felt worried about it and wanted him to walk straight.

“You ought to walk straight, not sideways, my son,” advised the mother-crab.

“Show me, dear mother, how to walk straight. I shall follow your example,” retorted the young crab.

The mother-crab tried her best to walk straight but could not. So, she realized her folly. Never find fault with others.


The faults of others

are like headlights on a passing car

they seem more glaring than our own


A man had two dogs: a Hound, trained to assist him in his sports, and a Housedog, taught to watch the house. When he returned home after a good day’s sport, he always gave the Housedog a large share of his spoil. The Hound, feeling much aggrieved at this, reproached his companion, saying, “It is very hard to have all this labour, while you, who do not assist in the chase, luxuriate on the fruits of my exertions.” The Housedog replied, “Do not blame me, my friend, but find fault with the master, who has not taught me to labour, but to depend for subsistence on the labour of others.”

The moral of the story is: Children are not to be blamed for the faults of their parents.


deal with the faults of others as gently as you deal with your own