Two pots, one made of clay, the other of brass, were swept down a river in a flood. The brass pot told his companion to stay by his side, and he would protect him.
“Thank you for your offer,” said the clay pot, “but that’s just what frightens me. If you’ll just keep your distance from me, I’ll be able to float down the river in safety.
But if we come in contact with one another, I’m bound to be the one who’ll suffer.
Old Learning: Avoid neighbours who are too powerful. If there is a collision, the weaker one will be destroyed.
Always respond to the context. One thing will behave differently in different conditions.