The Butterfly and the Cocoon
One day a boy came to share with is teacher that he had found a cocoon, and he was very excited about it. The teacher suggested the boy to watch the cocoon and when the butterfly started to hatch out of the cocoon to continue to study and watch but not to touch the butterfly.
The boy went home and watched his cocoon for a long time. Finally the butterfly started to crack the shell of the cocoon. The boy continued to watch for a long time, and very slowly the first parts of the butterfly inched their way out of the cocoon. The boy continued to watch for a long time and the butterfly continued to make the hole in the shell of the cocoon larger and larger and had more and more of its body outside of the cocoon.
Finally the boy couldn't stand it any longer and gently reached in, grasped the butterfly, and helped the butterfly out of the cocoon. The butterfly flattered up to the ceiling and then spiraled down to the floor and was able only to crawl. The butterfly could not fly. The boy was heartbroken. He ran back to the teacher with tears in his eyes and told his story.
Upon hearing what had happened, the teacher said: "When you helped the butterfly out of the cocoon, you denied it the opportunity to strengthen its wings in the struggle".
Presented by John F. Taylor, Ph.D
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