A typhoon stranded a monkey on an island. In a protected place on the shore, while waiting for the raging waters to recede, he spotted a fish swimming against the current. It seemed to the monkey that the fish was struggling and needed assistance. Being of kind heart, the monkey resoved to help the fish.
At considerable risk to himself, the monkey moved far out on the precarious limb of a tree, reached down, and snatched the fish from the waters. Scurrying back to the safety of his shelter, he carefully laid the fish on dry ground. For a few moments, the fish showed excitement but soon settled into a peaceful rest.
Today, I was reminded of this parable. So often, we want to rescue/save people and we think that we know the situation better than them and we reach out and save them.
In the parable, the monkey thought he was being heroic and saving the fish, however, he killed it.
How often do we do that ?