The Fable of Porcupines

A great story for any group !!

The German philosopher Schopenhauer accurately captured the value of relationships and wrote about the myth of the porcupine in a story to illustrate this truth. To paraphrase his story, Schopenhauer wrote about a winter night in which a colony of porcupines became cold.This is such an amazing story filled with insights to consider and apply…

Please read on…

“It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold.
The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm.
This way they covered & protected themselves, but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.

After a while, they decided to distance themselves one from the other & they began to die, alone & frozen.

So they had to make a choice…Either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth. Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the warmth & heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.”

Moral of the story –

The best group is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others can admire the other person’s good qualities and can admire the other person’s good qualities. It is better to be surrounded by warm pokes than being frozen in solitude.
So appreciate your friends and value your relationships.

Stay blessed and united, great family.

Dr. Flo


  • Leonie Trembath

    Brief and delightful story