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The Cock & the Jewel




A cock was scratching the ground in a farmyard in search of food for himself and his hens, when he happened to turn up a jewel. Feeling quite sure that it was something precious, but not knowing exactly what to do with it, he remarked, "You're undoubtedly a very fine thing for those who appreciate your worth. But I'd rather have one grain of delicious barley than all the jewels in the world."


Old Learning: The value of an object is in the eyes of the beholder.


New Take:

The value of an object is not in the eyes but in the knowledge of the beholder. Also, cock was very clear about his need of the hour. The jewel could have fed him for long, but for that he would have find a merchant but hunger might not have taken him that far.

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