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The Atonqi People

“The inspired young men did not wish to be bothered,

because they were finally making great progress.”

The Atonqi people were a large tribe that lived deep in the interior of a rainforest. Some of the younger members of the tribe were restless and ambitious and wished to create a great path to the sea. There were elders in the tribe, though, that were wary of this plan and chose not to participate and instead climbed the tallest trees to enjoy the expansive view, make crafts, and converse with one another about tribal matters. At first, the clearing took much effort and progress was painfully slow and burdensome. Morale was low. But after some time, a few of the more clever workers suggested new cutting strategies and designed better tools and techniques that enabled them to clear the path faster and more efficiently with each passing day. The enthusiasm grew and morale improved. One day, the tree dwellers observed from their lofty vantage point that the workers were clearing a path, not to the sea, but to mortal danger: a densely populated tiger habitat on the other side of a steep ridge. When they climbed down to warn them, they were told that the inspired young men did not wish to be bothered, because they were finally making great progress.

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