There once were two
villages separated by a river. In one of these villages lived RraSephiri (Mr.
Secret). RraSephiri was the only one in his village who knew how to make
chairs. People always came to him when they wanted one. He carefully guarded
his secret way of making chairs. He was afraid to teach others his secret. He
thought that they would not make the chairs correctly. Over time, all the chairs
in the village were built by RraSephiri. But RraSephiri was still worried. What
if someone found out his secret? What if someone else came to the village to
show people how to make such nice chairs? He became suspicious of people. If
he saw someone with some wood, he became afraid that they might be making a
chair. He would ridicule the person and warn them not to try to make a chair
in the village became unhappy and frightened. They stayed away from RraSephiri.
They came to get chairs from him, but they did not like to be near him for
long. The young people wanted to work with RraSephiri, but they were afraid of
him. And he never shared his secret with them. After a while some of them even
left the village.
In the other village across the river lived a man named RraMosupatsela (Mr.
Guide). He also knew how to build very good chairs. But RraMosupatsela did not
keep his knowledge a secret. He wanted others to learn how to build chairs as
he did. He told everyone who came to him exactly how he built such nice chairs,
and where to get the wood. Soon the younger men were also making chairs.
Sometimes a young man would discover a new way to improve the chair. He would
show RraMosupatsela, and then RraMosupatsela would tell him to show others. In
this way the chairs in this village kept getting better and better. People from
other villages would come to watch as RraMosupatsela and his young men would
work together under the big Morula tree. They laughed and told stories as they
worked together. People would praise RraMosupatsela’ s chairs, and he would
laugh and say, "I did not build these chairs alone. These young men have even
improved my chairs. I am getting old but these young men will continue building
better and better chairs. I have given my skills and knowledge to them and they
have given their love and friendship to me. Together we have done far more than
if I had worked alone."