Belling the Cat
All the mice met together in a council against a fiercecat. “We cannot live because of the cat. There mustbe some ideas to get rid of it.” “Please tell us yourideas.”
But despite the enthusiastic discussion, they wereunable to come up with a good idea. The oldestmouse advised the other mice, “It would be nice if someone let us know when the cat iscoming.” Having no good ideas, they were just studying each other’s facial expressions.
At that time, the youngest mouse confidently said, “If we tie a bell around the cat’s neck, we willknow when the cat is approaching so we can run away.” Everyone agreed to the young mouse’sopinion.
Then, the leader mouse replied, “That is a good idea. If we tie a bell to the cat, we will be able torun away in advance. But, who is going to tie a bell to the cat?”
After hearing the leader, all the mice became quiet. No one wanted to tie a bell to the cat. Theyoung mouse that offered the idea slowly read the others’ faces and left the meeting.