Two Cats and A Monkey Story teaches Kids about Arguing
The two cats and a monkey story is quite hilarious if you look at it. But when you look deeper, it is not just a story, but it teaches you a lot about sharing, arguing, making peace and wisdom.
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In Asian storytelling, this is one of the most popular bedtime stories that teach children certain moral concepts. If you have never heard of it, well, here is how the story goes.
The 2 Cats & a Monkey Story (Summary)
In the animal kingdom, they had just finished a festival, and two cats were prowling about the community when they noticed a cake just lying on the ground. As both tried to get the cake, one reached out and missed it while the other picked it up.
The one who missed said to the other “give me the cake. Its mine, I saw it first.”
The second cat replied, batting away other cat’s paws. “Take your hands away. I picked it up first; therefore, it is mine.”
They kept arguing, going back and forth without reaching an amicable decision amongst themselves.
Meanwhile, a monkey who was passing by had been listening to them. It thought to itself, “These two cats must be foolish because while they argue about this cake, I starve. Maybe I should take advantage of this moment.
The monkey came to them and said: “There is no need to fight and argue, how about I solve this by helping you share the cake equally.” The two cats looked at each other and agreed to hand over the cake to the monkey.
The monkey then broke the cake into two pieces, but they seemed unequal. It then said, “Oh my, I cut the cake equally; however, this piece seems bigger than the other. Why don’t I take a bite out of the bigger piece to make it equal to the other?” The cats agreed, and he took a bite.
The monkey then said again, “Oh no, now the other piece is bigger than the other piece I bit from, I need to take a bite from this one to make them equal.” On and on the monkey went until it finished the cake.
The two cats were angry and disappointed.
The Themes in this Two Cats & A Monkey Story
This story of two cats and a monkey explores several themes. Although you may be wondering, this is a short story, how can you even draw out but more than one subject. As you read this, you will see beyond the story
The Inherent Selfishness in the human heart
Comparing the monkey and cats to humans, we can see the intrinsic selfishness fuels the sense of individualism in humankind. Everyone is always looking out for their advantage above that of the community. But we would all be better if we overcame that primal desire to cover our hides first.
The futility of arguments
Arguing and quarreling never bring productive results. Consequently, we see that the monkey was able to take advantage of their lack of unity, thereby tricking them. From the two cates and a monkey story, we can see that when people argue and fight, some other personal gains.
Third-party wisdom and problem-solving
When conflict arises, sometimes the best way to resolve when both parties can fix it themselves is to invite a third party. The invited party must be given the full fact of the case and be unbiased. However, we must be suspicious of external third parties who try to interfere in people unsolicited.
Sharing as a tool for peace-making
Sometimes, you would get a better advantage and avoid conflict by sharing. A little kindness goes a long way to developing society and the spirit of togetherness. When the monkey portrayed to try to solve the problem by sharing, there was peace. Although it was short-lived because they found out the monkey was only tricking them.
The innate entitlement mentality of humanity
Humans have the desire always to lay claim to things we never worked for just because we think we have a right to it. One cat arguable found the cake first, but the fact that they found it after a festival meant for the animal kingdom shows it was probably originally for the whole nation.
The Moral of the story
The monkey and cat story teach children about the futility of arguing. Not that you shouldn’t fight for what is genuinely yours but that no one should lay claim to things they didn’t create themselves. Arguing can be beneficial in some cases too. The two cats stumbled upon the cake. None had anything to do with making the cake. Yet they both felt they had a right to the whole cake.
All things would have gone better if the two cats had agreed to share the cake, but each wanted to claim an exclusive right to the cake. The monkey taking advantage of their weakness tricked them into eating the whole cake.
The story teaches that you can’t wholly trust strangers who claim to help. People are inherently selfish and always looking for a way to exploit unsuspecting and gullible people. When conflict arises, always try to find a compromise with the other party without having to entertain a third party.
After reading, if you are looking for the perfect bedtime story to help teach your children about sharing? There you have it. Tuck them in bed, dim the lights, read them this story and make sure to emphasize the lessons to learn. Don’t forget to kiss them dignity and hope they become better people.