This parable is one I have enjoyed << and reused and recycled, but not reduced... just 2 of those 3 R's >> from the first time I read it. Talk about a concise story illustrating a common error folks make all the time, in global settings and in local ones too. I think this cute little story begs a few questions.
Why did the monkey put himself in such risk to "help" another creature?
<< I think he was courageous, noble, and even a little bit over-zealous. I think his intentions were both genuine and good. >>
What did the monkey assume about fish culture?
<< He made a crucial assumption that what's good for him is also good for the fish. >>
What could the monkey do differently next time?
<< How about asking the fish what its needs are? >>
Have you ever found yourself acting like a fish in a room full of monkeys? Have you ever been treated like a fish when you are, in fact, the monkey?