The sun was scorching the earth. On such a hot summer day a fox was wandering about to quench his thirst. Then his eyes were fixed on a bunch of grapes on a vine. Ah! that’s what I need he said. He ran towards the tree to grab the bunch lest others see it. The vine had climbed a long way up and the grapes were out of his reach. So he tried to jump but could not reach them. He then took a few steps back, started running and jumped to grab the grapes. But success was elusive. After many futile attempts he gave up and announced that the grapes must surely be sour. That's the end of the bed time story announced our grandmother. We all laughed at the foolishness of the fox and went to sleep. But was the fox really foolish?
In the recent past there have been a lot of cases where pressure has caught up with people of all ages. Kids, students, professionals, senior citizens have all been affected by it. Depressions are becoming a common part of our society. With all my due respects some of them have even taken the extreme step.
We tend to cling to things that we want badly but cannot get them no matter how hard we try. Was the fox intelligent in realizing that the grapes were out of his reach? I was listening to a nice talk on YouTube when I got another perspective to the Sour Grapes story.