There was a child who was afraid of the dark.
"The monster will come!" he said to his mother at bedtime. "I'm scared. Leave the light on!"
"Don't be afraid," said the child's mother. "If a monster comes to you in the dark, you can gather up all your strength and attack that monster. You will defeat the monster, I promise. You just have to be brave. Attack the monster without fear!"
The child looked at his mother doubtfully. "That's what you say to me," he said, "but what if the monster's mother told him the same thing about me?"
Inspired by: The English prose version of Rumi in More Tales from the Masnavi by A. J. Arberry.
Notes: This is story 200 in the book.