The Vine (from the Fables of Mkhitar Gosh)
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When in springtime the vine, bereft of children, wept, all the plants came to console it including the blackberry. These were their words of consolation: "Weep not," they said, "once again you shall have children." [The vine] replied: "I shall bear and again they shall destroy. What consolation is that? Rather my comfort would be if my children remained with me, were fruitful and the cause of human happiness. I would be comforted by this". Now the blackberry spoke up: "I came to console you, so that you would wipe your eyes on me." And [the vine] replied: "I thank the gardener who snatches you from my root." [The fable] clearly shows that temporarily one may be comforted by survivors, for humankind is mortal. However, the supreme consolation is that surviving heirs please the lord. Foolish words, such as those of the blackberry, aggrevate more than comfort the mourner, who would have been thankful to have never seen the senseless consoler.