The Lion and the Mouse


Dietrich Fischer – TRANSCEND Media Service

A lion caught a little mouse and was about to eat it. The mouse begged, “Dear lion, please, let me live, then I promise that one day I will help you!” The lion laughed and said, “How could you tiny little mouse help such a big, strong lion like me? But you gave me a good laugh, and so I will let you run away.” A few days later, the lion was caught in a hunter’s net. He roared loudly and tried with all his force to break the net open and escape, but could not. The mouse heard the lion’s cries for help, came running and nibbled and nibbled with her sharp little teeth on the string that had closed the net until it broke, and freed the lion, saving his life.


Dietrich Fischer (1941-2015) from Münsingen, Switzerland, got a Licentiate in Mathematics from the University of Bern 1968 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University 1976. Fischer was a MacArthur Fellow in International Peace and Security at Princeton University 1986-88, has taught mathematics, computer science, economics and peace studies at various universities, and been a consultant to the United Nations. He was co-founder, with Johan Galtung, of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace, Development and Environment in 1993.

Excerpted from Dietrich Fischer’s Stories to Inspire You – TRANSCEND University Press-TUP.


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