The Belly and the Members

: Aesop's Fables

One fine day it occurred to the Members of the Body that they

were doing all the work and the Belly was having all the food. So

they held a meeting, and after a long discussion, decided to

strike work till the Belly consented to take its proper share of

the work. So for a day or two, the Hands refused to take the

food, the Mouth refused to receive it, and the Teeth had no work

to do. But after a day or two the Members began to find that they

themselves were not in a very active condition: the Hands could

hardly move, and the Mouth was all parched and dry, while the Legs

were unable to support the rest. So thus they found that even the

Belly in its dull quiet way was doing necessary work for the Body,

and that all must work together or the Body will go to pieces.