The North Wind & The Sun

The North Wind and the Sun were disputing which was the stronger, when a traveler came along wrapped in a warm cloak. They agreed that the one who first succeeded in making the traveler take his cloak off should be considered stronger than the other. Then the North Wind blew as hard as he could, but the more he blew the more closely did the traveler fold his cloak around him; and at last the North Wind gave up the attempt. Then the Sun shined out warmly, and immediately the traveler took off his cloak. And so the North Wind was obliged to confess that the Sun was the stronger of the two.

This story is one of Aesop’s Fables and has been one of those tales that has completely altered my attitude toward life and how I treat others around me. I was privileged enough to be able to write a speech about Love based off of this story for a speech competition last year and got to go to State finals with it.

I won’t talk a lot on this since it is a tale to be left open to interpretation. Maybe I’ll even give my speech sometime if you ask me to. However, I’ll give you a short summary of how I interpret the story.

Forcing others to respect you will only turn them against you. Only through love can you really gain others respect.

So let us be like the North Wind, and love.