38. The Crow and the Sunrise



A foolish crow was convinced that his shrill caw-caw-caw caused the sun to rise each morning. Each day, he cawed in the darkness before dawn, knowing that the whole world depended on him to bring the sun.
One morning, however, the crow slept late.
He awoke to see the sun already high in the sky.
"Thank goodness another member of the crow family was awake this morning!" he thought to himself. "Otherwise, the earth might have spent the whole day in darkness."
This foolish crow shows us that the way you see yourself is a matter of opinion, not fact.

Inspired by: Indian Fables by Ramaswami Raju.
Notes: Compare a very different kind of story in various Native American traditions in which a crow or raven brings light to the world; for example: The Bringing of the Light by Raven.




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