During a severe winter, a farmer was snowed in his farmhouse. When he found that he could not procure any food outside, he began consuming his own sheep. As the hard weather continued, he began to eat his goats. And finally-for there was no break in the weather he turned to the plough oxen. Thereupon, the dogs said to one another, “We’d better be off! If the master has no pity on the oxen, who carry the burden of the work around here, it’s highly unlikely that he’ll spare us.”
Old Learning: When our neighbour’s house is on fire, it is time to save our own skin.
On a bigger crisis even the near and dear ones are vulnerable.