This past week our students have been learning the Hindu story of 'The Dishonest Cat'. Being honest is an incredibly important practice in life, and the story looks at the the value of honesty, as well as the idea of having consequences for your action, and betraying those who help you. The class ended with a discussion of who the children would rather be; the Cat, or the other animals. Read the story below and decide for yourself.
The Dishonest Cat:
The story starts with three animals, an Eagle, Rat and Squirrel, who live in a tree together with their children. During the day, they collect food to store, but one day a heavy rain starts. They notice a cat shivering outside so they let it stay with them in the tree until the rain stops. They feed and clean the Cat out of the kindness of their hearts.
When the rain stops, they ask the Cat to look after their children while they find more food, but while they are gone the Cat eats all but one of their children. The surviving child, who was hiding, tell the Eagle, Rat and Squirrel when they return. They try to confront the Cat, but it is gone.
The Eagle, Rat and Squirrel decide to teach the Cat a lesson about betraying those who help you, and set up a trap. The Rat pretends to be stuck in quicksand, and when the Cat finds him and tries to get him out to eat him, the Rat pulls the Cat into the quicksand. The Squirrel and Eagle then pull the Rat out of the quicksand from above, and the Cat is taught a lesson.