The Three Fish | Moral Stories For Children

Once upon a time there lived three fish and their families in a pond. One evening, some fishermen passed by the pond and noticed that the pond abounded in fish. ‘Look! This pond is full of fish’, they told one another excitedly. ‘We have never fished here before. We must be back tomorrow morning with our nets and catch these fish!’ The fishermen left, determined to return.

The eldest of the three fish overheard this conversation. He was worried. He called the other fish and said, ‘Did you hear what the fishermen said? We must leave this pond at once. The fishermen will return tomorrow and kill us all!’

The second of the three fish agreed. ‘You are right’, he said. ‘We must leave this pond.’

But the youngest fish wasn’t convinced. He laughed off the suggestion and said, ‘You are worrying for no reason. We have lived in this pond all our lives, and no fisherman has ever come here. I don’t think that these men will return. I am not going anywhere – my luck will keep me safe.’

The eldest of the fish left the pond that very evening with his entire family. The second fish saw the fishermen coming in from the distance early next morning and left the pond at once with his family. The third fish refused to leave. He was convinced that his luck would save him.

The fishermen arrived and caught all the fish left in the pond. The third fish’s luck did not help him – he too was caught and killed.

The fish that saw danger in advance and acted before it arrived and the fish that acted as soon as the danger arrived were both saved. But the fish that relied entirely on his luck and did nothing at all was killed.

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