The Goose That Laid The Golden Eggs

The Goose that Laid the Golden Eggs

A farmer lived with eight cows and four geese on a small farm on the outskirts of town.

Every morning, the farmer had the same routine. First, he went into the cowshed to milk the cows. 

Once he had placed the large milking bucket under the first cow, he would begin to milk gently. After a few practiced moves, the bucket would be filled. He would repeat this for each cow and they would thank him with a loud “mooooo”.

Next, he went into the goose shed to collect their eggs. He carefully placed them one by one in a small basket and patted the geese lovingly.

Every Wednesday and Saturday, the farmer took the milk and eggs to the small market square in the center of town where many farmers offered their goods for sale.

The farmer led a happy life. He had everything he needed.

One morning when he went into the goose house with his little basket to collect the eggs, he was startled to find a very different looking egg. 

It flashed in the nest of the largest and most magnificent goose. It was not white and dull like the other eggs, but radiant gold. 

The farmer euphorically grabbed the golden egg and ran to his living room where he examined it in detail. The entire egg was made of pure gold.

Overjoyed, the farmer took the egg to the marketplace and presented it to the local jewelry dealer. 

“You’ve found a particularly valuable treasure,” said the merchant. “I’ll pay you a good price if you sell me this egg!” 

The farmer agreed and returned to his farm with his pockets full of money.

The next morning, he could hardly believe his luck when another golden egg lay in the nest of the largest and most magnificent goose. Again, he sold it for a small fortune in the town’s marketplace.

This went on, day after day, and the farmer quickly became a wealthy man. But it wasn’t long until the farmer became impatient. He wondered why the goose couldn’t lay two or three golden eggs a day. That would make him richer much faster. 

Then, he had a thought. “If the big, beautiful goose lays a golden egg every morning, she must be made entirely of pure gold herself. Why should I wait for a small golden egg each day when I have a big goose made of pure gold?” 

The farmer rushed into the goose house and slaughtered the large, magnificent goose. But what he saw shook him to the core. The goose was not made of pure gold, but of ordinary goose meat, just like any other. 

In no time at all, the farmer had lost both his large, magnificent goose and a golden egg every morning.  

What is the moral of The Goose That Laid The Golden Eggs?
The story of the greedy farmer illustrates the negative consequences of greed. Instead of waiting for a golden egg each morning, the farmer wanted more. He lost sight of his comfortable life, and demanded ever greater and faster wealth. As a result, he became so blind in his actions that he eventually destroyed the source of his own happiness.
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Note: This story is based on Aesop’s fable, written around 600 BC. It was modernized and illustrated by us.

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