The Ax and the Trees

Once upon a time a man went to a forest. He asked the trees if they would give him some wood to make a handle for his ax. The trees thought that this was very little to ask and they gave him a good piece of hard wood.

The Axe and the Trees

But as soon as the man fit the handle to his ax, he started to cut down all the best trees in the forest.

As they crashed painfully to the ground, the trees said sadly to each other, “We suffer because of our foolishness.”

The Ax and the Trees

Only a fool would give their enemy the tools to destroy them.