The Head and the Tail


This is what once befell a snake. The tail said to the head: "How much longer will you lead the way and drag me behind? Let me lead and you follow after." "Very well," the head replied, "you go first." So the tail led the way and the head followed. Nearing a ditch filled with water the tail fell in and dragged the head after him. At a second place where thorny bushes grew the tail and the snake and the head, all were torn, scratched and wounded. But wasn't the head to blame for agreeing to be led by the tail, thought the snake?