A Persian Fable
A CAMEL and an Ass were once traveling together.
Upon reaching the bank of a river the Camel was the first to enter the water.
As it rose somewhat above his knees, but barely touched his body, he called to his companion: “Follow me in, for the water hardly bathes my sides.”
“I believe you,” rejoined his wise, long-eared friend, “but between us two there is a big difference, and if the water rises to your sides, it would be well over my back.”
The wise man refuses to be led beyond his own depth.