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Fiction #274
(published April 13, 2006)
The Wind
by Papa Osmubal
Guru Lakambayan had this story to tell to remind his students of the importance of sincerity and decorum—

Long ago the wind was able to speak. It entered in every house and heard conversations in the families. Everywhere it went it heard people's conversations. As time passed the wind's attitude and behavior changed. The code of secrecy it vowed to obey and keep till death was forgotten and broken. Now it listened and eavesdropped on conversations with aim not sweet to everyone's heart. Until one day it became the cause of fighting and battles between neighboring villages. It was the cause of misunderstanding among peoples. Because whatever it had heard it told to the others. So people became suspicious of one another. They started distrusting each other. The wind would not keep its mouth shut, and it could not stop spreading around what others had told. One day the Apu Sinucuan, the Keeper of mountains and rivers and Creator of all things, had come to know of this hullabaloo that he sent for the wind. The wind, trembling in fear, was forced to face Apu Sinucuan.

"I made you my messenger and keeper of people's secrets, but you betrayed people's trust and mine," lamented Apu Sinucuan.

The angry Apu Sinucuan rendered a heavy punishment to the wind: He took back the wind's ability to speak. That is the reason why the wind lost its speech. From that time on, every time the wind wanted to tell something to people, they could only hear its sibilant whooshes and swishes, and these rendered no meaning to people at all. Not too long after, life returned to normal again. The wind begged Apu Sinucuan for forgiveness. But as we can see now, forgiveness was not granted and its ability to speak was not given back.

The sages in all the lands know this event for a fact. They always say and admonish others, "It is important not to mingle in somebody's affairs; gossip profits no one and yields no sweet fruits; and all sins are meted out with punishment."

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