No Struggle, No Progress by Fredrick Douglas

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A man found the cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening

appeared. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it

struggled to force its body through that little hole. Then it seemed

to stop making any progress. It appeared as though it had gotten as

far as it could, and it could go no further. Deciding to help the

butterfly, the man took a knife and sliced the remaining bit of the


The butterfly then emerged easily. But it had a swollen body and

small, shriveled wings. The man continued to watch the butterfly

because he expected that, at any moment, the wings would enlarge and

expand to be able to support the body (which would contract in time).

Neither happened! In fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its life

crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled wings. It never was

able to fly.

What that man, in his kindness and haste, did not understand was that

the restricting cocoon and the struggle required for the butterfly to

get through the tiny opening was a way of forcing fluid from the body

of the butterfly into its wings so that ...
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