“Why is it,” said the rich man to his minister, “that people call me stingy? Everyone knows that when I die, I’m leaving everything to the church?”
“Let me tell you a fable about the pig and the cow,” said the minister.
And he proceeded to tell this story.
The pig was unpopular, while the cow was beloved.
This puzzled the pig.
“People speak warmly of your gentle nature and your sorrowful eyes,” the pig said to the cow.
“They think you’re generous because each day you give them milk and cream.
“But what about me? I give them everything I have. I give bacon and ham. I provide bristles for brushes. They even pickle my feet!
“Yet, not one likes me. Why is that?” asked the pig.
The cow said, “Perhaps it is because I give while I’m still living.”