One day a fir tree was boasting to a bramble, “Your life is really without significance and no use to anyone, whereas mine is filled with many high and noble purposes. How could barns and houses be built without me? I furnish taper spars for ships and beams for roofs of palaces.
“Good sir,” replied the bramble, “when the woodcutters come here with their axes and saws, what would you give to be a bramble and not a fir?”
Old Learning: Better a humble life and security than the dangers that confront the high and mighty.
Higher purpose requires sacrifices.