Never Lend Money to a Friend
Friendship wisdom holds that you should never lend money to a friend to that you cannot afford to lose.
Never Lend Money to a Friend African Folktale
As the elders say, once there was a great famine in the land, and the tortoise sat down to think of some sneaky scheme to help him in his destitute state.
|Money doesn't grow on trees.|
When the time agreed upon came, the worm went to him for payment. But, the tortoise told him to wait, saying he had to go to fetch the money. So, the worm waited; and the next day the tortoise came back, followed by the chicken, whose payment was now due. Seeing the worm, the chicken swallowed him up, and then told the tortoise the object of his visit.
However, the tortoise told the chicken likewise to wait while he got the money; and when he returned, the wild cat came with him and devoured the chicken.
|When will a friend return borrowed money?|
Shortly the tortoise came back, and with him the hunter, who fired at the leopard, though he failed to kill him. Therefore, the leopard attacked him, and they fought until they both were dead.
Wicked tortoise laughed at the foolishness of his victims and chuckled, “you should not lend money to anyone, as they would try to get rid of you in order not to pay you back!”