Two Pots, one of earthenware, the other of brass, were carried down a river in a flood.
The Brazen Pot begged his companion to keep by his side, and he would protect him,
“Thank you for your offer,”
said the Earthen Pot, “but that is just what I am afraid of;
if you will only keep at a distance, I may float down in safety; but should we come in contact, I am sure to be the sufferer.”
Avoid too powerful neighbours; for, should there be a collision, the weakest goes to the wall.