The Journey of the Camel and The Guinea Fowl Series I100% silk twill scarf (90 x 90 cm)Colour: eerie black/brick red/dark sky blue/dark salmon/coral pink/copper/congo pink/blast-off-bronze/baby pink/...Designed by Yaw TonyRef. : 01-2316-DB9595DESIGN HISTORY
"A camel and his owner were travelling across the desert dunes when a wind storm came up.
The traveller quickly set up his tent and moved in, closing the flaps to protect himself from the cutting, grinding sands of the raging storm. The camel was of course left outside, and as the violent wind hurled the sand against his body and into his eyes and nostrils he found it unbearable and finally begged for entrance into the tent.
“There is room only for myself,” said the traveller.
“But may I just get my nose in so I can breathe air not filled with sand?” asked the camel.
“Well, perhaps you could do that,” replied the traveller, and he opened the flap ever so little and the long nose of the camel entered. How comfortable the camel was now! But soon the camel became weary of the smarting sand on his eyes and ears … :
“The wind-driven sand is like a rasp on my head. Could I put just my head in?”
Again, the traveller rationalized that to acquiesce would do him no damage, for the camel’s head could occupy the space at the top of the tent which he was not using. So the camel put his head inside and the beast was satisfied again—but for a short while only.
“Just the front quarters,” he begged, and again the traveller relented and soon the camel’s front shoulders and legs were in the tent. Finally, by the same processes of pleading and of yielding, the camel’s torso, his hind quarters, and all were in the tent. But now it was too crowded for the two, and the camel kicked the traveller out into the wind and storm.
Like the camel, the evil one readily becomes the master when one succumbs to his initial blandishments. Soon the conscience is stilled completely, the evil power has full sway.
The fable is a warning that small, seemingly harmless acts—even made with good intentions—can sometimes have negative repercussions."
Moral: "It is a wise rule to resist the beginnings of evil."
"Give them an inch; they'll take a mile." The original saying goes "Give them an inch, and they'll take an ell."
The camel's nose is a metaphor for a situation where the permitting of a small, seemingly innocuous act will open the door for larger, clearly undesirable actions.
'If the vulture fulfills your desire, the guinea fowl will pass you by'
It’s that common old African helmeted guinea fowl – that cleverest of African birds!