In the big mountain, the white rabbit lived in a small, sturdy house he had built. The place was warm in winter and cool in summer, and the white rabbit felt comfortable living in it.
One day, while the White Rabbit was picking mushrooms on the mountain, he heard a conversation between a crow and a fox.
“Dear Mr. Fox, have you ever visited the giraffe’s house? His house is tall and big, simply beautiful.” The crow said.
“Yes, it is a really beautiful house. When I visited it yesterday, I didn’t even want to go back to my house.” The fox said.
“I feel the same way. I’m sure the giraffe’s house is definitely the biggest, tallest and most luxurious in the world.”
“That’s for sure.” The fox kept nodding his head.
When the little white rabbit heard this, he felt evil. It thought, “I must rebuild a house whose height and width exceed the giraffe’s to draw the people’s attention to me.”
The white rabbit soon put its idea into action. It demolished its sturdy, warm house and built a tall, spacious home with dead branches.
Thus, the house, which all the animals praised, became the new home of the White Rabbit. After hearing this, the white rabbit’s heart was very flattered.
In Autumn and winter, the temperature plummeted, and the white rabbit lived alone in a tall, empty house; although feeling very cold, the heart thought it was worth it. After all, his home exceeds the giraffe’s and is the envy of everyone in the animal kingdom “giant”.
One night, a strong wind blew, and the wind blew the white rabbit with dead branches built into the house to shake; although the white rabbit was cold and scared, it still refused to move.
After the wind, followed by heavy snow, the thick snow completely crushed the house. The white rabbit was buried in a snowbank and froze to death.
The English philosopher Bacon said, “The vain man is despised by the wise, obeyed by the foolish, adored by the flatterer, and enslaved to his vanity.” There is nothing that the vain man desires more than the honour of a name that is not true; nothing that he fears more than sudden humiliation. One of the greatest sequelae of vanity is that it is because of the fear of embarrassment, so it lives in fear from time to time, often insecure and unsatisfied. Instead of standing out and above the rest, the man of great vanity thinks he is outstanding, so he does not hesitate to play deceitful and deceitful tricks to satisfy vanity’s most excellent satisfaction. A truly successful person is not complacent about specific achievements. If he feels proud, it should be a grateful, healthy pride, not “vanity”!