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Do you know the fable about the gardener and the butterfly?

One day a gardener comes across a butterfly cocoon, hanging from a leaf. The sunlight is directly behind the cocoon, and the gardener can clearly see the shape of the young butterfly within. He notices it is squirming and moving, he perceives the butterfly to be struggling to emerge. After another couple of minutes, feeling sorry for the creature, he carefully makes a small tear in the delicate housing of the cocoon, hoping to ease the butterfly’s struggle, and helping it to emerge more easily. He is thrilled when he sees how the beautiful insect quickly emerges from its cocoon. Satisfied, he leaves the butterfly resting on the leaf, fully emerged and ready to fly off.

The following morning he returns to the same spot, and is devastated to see that the butterfly is lying dead beneath the leaf where he left it. On telling this sad story to his fellow gardeners, a wizened gardener of many years explains what happened.

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