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A fable from Aesop that questions how important we are in the grand scheme of things.

The bones of the story:

A gnat buzzed around the ear of a huge bull as it stood grazing in the field. Finally, it settled on one of the bull’s horns, and stayed in place, resting, for a long while. When it was ready to move on, the gnat, spoke to the bull. “Excuse me, Mr Bull, but I am conscious that I have been disturbing your grazing with the weight of my body. Shall I move on? I don’t want you to think that I am being inconsiderate.” To which the bull replied, “Little gnat, thank you for being so aware of my needs, but to be honest, I didn’t notice when you came, and I shan’t notice when you go.”