Once upon a time, in a small, remote village in the hills of Falerian, there lived a boy called Jared. Jared was an adventurous and cheerful eight year old boy. He loved nothing more than exploring the mountainous terrain and playing with the other children of his village.
One day, Jared decided to take a walk in the woods near his home. As he ventured deeper and deeper into the forest, he stumbled upon a strange cave. Inside the cave, he found a large chest filled with sparkling, golden coins. His heart raced with joy as he stared at the pile of wealth before him.
Without a second thought, Jared took the chest back to his home and filled his room with all the coins. His parents were amazed to see such great fortune. They decided to share some of the coins with their neighbours and use the rest to take care of family expenses.
As time passed, the people of Falerian noticed the sudden change in Jared’s lifestyle. He started wearing expensive clothes, eating luxuriously, and owning expensive gadgets and toys. All of a sudden, Jared was someone to admire and envy. Everyone wanted to be like him.
Though Jared’s sudden turn of luck made him very popular, it also brought him a lot of jealousy and hatred from his peers. They started plotting against him and soon enough, rumours about him started spreading like wildfire.
One day, Jared was invited to a party at a nearby village. He decided to go and enjoy the festivities, but little did he know that the party was actually a trap set by his enemies. When Jared entered the village, the people started insulting and teasing him.
Jared was appalled at their behaviour, and he decided to teach them a lesson. He thought of a plan and quickly executed it. He took off his fancy clothes and returned to the village wearing humble clothing. He showed the people that money cannot buy respect and honour.
The people of Falerian were moved by Jared’s humbleness, and they apologised for their behaviour. They respected him even more for teaching them an important lesson – no matter how wealthy you are, you should always remember to be humble and courteous to others.
Moral of the story: Money cannot buy respect and honour. True respect and honour come from being humble and courteous to others.