Cross-cultural issues

A typhoon had temporarily stranded a monkey on an island. In a secure, protected place on the shore, while waiting for the raging waters to recede, he spotted a fish swimming against the current. It seemed obvious to the monkey that the fish was struggling and in need of assistance. Being of kind heart, the monkey resolved to help the fish.

A tree precariously dangled over the very spot where the fish seemed to be struggling. At great risk to himself, the monkey moved far out on the limb, reached down into the water, pulled the fish out, scurried back on to dry land, and put the fish down on a dry and secure place away from the wind and the water. He sets him there and says, “Now fish! Now you will be fine!”

At first the fish shows great excitement, flopping around, but soon settled into a quiet peaceful rest. A great sense of joy and satisfaction filled the monkey. He saw a creature that needed help, and he was able to help this creature. What a wonderful feeling!

Questions for Reflection

1.What positive traits did the monkey have? 

2.What assumptions did the monkey make about the fish? 

3.How might this story have been different if the monkey had taken the time to learn about the needs and desires of the fish?