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The Shark and the Warthog, a Fable

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There lived a shark in the tepid waters off the coast of a rather large continent.   He swam and ate and attended meetings where he was taught that he could rise above his present surroundings.   He was taught that he was better than most other marine life.   He was superior to an eel or scallop.  

He believed.   One day as he was, rather messily, devouring an eel he looked up and saw a splendid palm tree decorated with beautiful tiki lights. The shark knew then what he must do.   He knew it was his destiny to lie at the base of the splendid palm tree and bask in the wonderful glow of the beautiful tiki lights.   For he had been told many, many times in the meetings that he was sleek and chosen for greatness.   He knew that he could rise out of the waters and light the beach with the brilliance of his sleekness, illuminated by the beautiful tiki lights.   He believed.

So, the very next day the shark attended the meeting, kissed his mother, hugged the speaker and swam off to find the splendid palm tree.   He became lost and swam in circles for hours until an eel, well concealed in a coral forest, spoke to him.

"Hey there Mr. Shark you appear to be lost -- can I be of assistance?"   

"No", replied the shark, "I need no help from someone like you."  

"Ok, but if you would simply tell me what you are looking for, possibly I could steer you in the right direction" said the eel, slowly poking his head out of the coral forest.

"Absolutely not, I know your type -- you would lead me astray.   Anyway, you eels know nothing of the splendid palm tree decorated with the beautiful tiki lights", replied the shark with a frown.

"Sure we do, look up, the palm tree -- it's right over your head!"

And sure enough, right above the shark and the coral forest was a splendid palm tree decorated with beautiful tiki lights.  The shark was startled and then so very excited to have found the splendid palm tree. 

He swam in circles preparing himself for the great leap out of the ocean.   Then he abruptly stopped and swam angrily at the eel.  

"That can't be the splendid palm tree, you eels know nothing of the splendid palm tree", shouted the shark.

"Sure we do", said the eel, "We love to tell stories to our children by its beautiful light almost each and every night."

"Well then, that palm tree above cannot be the splendid palm tree", hissed the shark, swimming haughtily away to search for the splendid palm tree decorated with the beautiful tiki lights.  

The shark swam and swam for many days in search of the splendid palm tree.   Sad, tired and confused the shark was just about to give up his search when he happened upon a relative he had not seen for quite a long time. 

"Oh, cousin Hammerhead, I am so glad to see you -- I have been lost for many days", gasped the shark, "I have failed to find the splendid palm tree decorated with the beautiful tiki lights."

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