Once upon a time, there was a pond full of frogs. The frogs had no rules or leaders. They could do whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted. They could swim, jump, play, and croak all day long.
But the frogs were not happy. They thought their life was too boring and easy. They wanted some excitement and adventure. They wanted someone to tell them what to do and how to do it. They wanted a king.
So they decided to ask Zeus, the king of the gods, to give them a king. They gathered around the pond and shouted, “Zeus, Zeus, please hear us! We are tired of being free. We want a king to rule over us. Please send us a king!”
Zeus heard their noisy request and was amused. He thought the frogs were foolish and did not know what they were asking for. He decided to teach them a lesson. He threw a big log into the pond. The log made a loud splash and landed in the middle of the water.
The frogs were scared and hid under the water. They thought the log was a giant monster that would eat them. They waited for a long time, but nothing happened. The log just floated quietly on the surface.
The frogs slowly came out of their hiding places and looked at the log. They saw that it was not a monster, but a piece of wood. They felt relieved, but also disappointed. They expected a king to be majestic and powerful, not dull and lifeless.
They soon lost their fear and respect for the log. They started to climb on it and jump off it. They made fun of it and called it names. They said, “This is not a king. This is a joke. This is the worst king ever. We want a different king. Zeus, Zeus, please hear us! We don’t like this king. Please send us another king!”
Zeus heard their ungrateful complaint and was angry. He thought the frogs were rude and spoiled. He decided to punish them. He sent them a snake, a big and hungry snake, that slithered into the pond. The snake saw the frogs and licked its lips. It began to chase them and catch them and eat them.
The frogs were terrified and ran for their lives. They realized that the snake was a cruel and greedy king, that would not let them live in peace. They regretted their wish and cried for help. They said, “Zeus, Zeus, please hear us! We are sorry for being foolish. We don’t want this king. Please take away this king!”
But Zeus did not listen to them. He said, “You have what you asked for. You wanted a king, and you got a king. Now you have to live with your choice. You have no one to blame but yourselves.” And so the frogs learned a hard lesson.
Moral: Freedom is better than tyranny, and be careful what you wish for.