~ 138. Zeus and the Jar of Good Things ~

When Zeus created the earth, he took all the good things and put them in a jar.
He then chose a man to keep the jar. "Don't open it!" Zeus said.
"I promise not to open it," said the man.
But of course the man opened the jar, and all the good things flew back up to Zeus.
The man closed the jar as fast as he could, but the only thing still left inside the jar was Hope.
That is why people never lose Hope, who keeps promising she will get the other good things to come back someday.

Inspired byMille Fabulae et Una, a collection of Latin fables that I've edited, free to read online. I am not translating the Latin here; instead, I am just telling a 100-word version of the fable.
Notes: This is fable 775 in the book, which is Perry 312. This Aesop's fable is like the story of Pandora, but with a man instead of a woman as the guilty party.

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