The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner
The trumpeter in the story may be considered innocent. After all, he hasn’t killed anyone. His responsibility is to only blow his horn during the presence of enemies. However, his post is very crucial to the success of his team.
The other group was right. By sounding out the orders, the trumpeter guide and encourage his soldiers in battle. That being the case, he was instrumental to the death of hundreds of soldiers of the other camp.
The trumpeter can be likened to someone who loves to add fuel to the flame- kind of circumstances. Through his action or words, he makes a bad situation worse, triggering an angry person to get even angrier. He may be considered a shit-stirrer (manggagatong), too, who loves to manipulate others to make trouble. He takes pleasure watching people argue while he remains in a safe and quiet side. Such kind of individual doesn’t like confrontation involving himself but loves to see one in front of him for his amusement.
Lessons from Aesop’s Fable The Trumpeter Taken Prisoner
Don’t be a shit-stirrer
Are you are a shit-stirrer? Do you play overly friendly to others to win their trust but then indulge in poisonous gossip about them? Once confronted, though, you deny your role in spreading the rumor and claim to be the victim.
I tell you then, stop causing problems for others. I am not your mother to tell you what’s wrong or otherwise. But manipulating individuals to cause trouble for others isn’t a decent act. Let’s spread love instead. If we can’t, maybe we can just throw a smile or just keep mum.