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No Struggle, No Progress By Fredrick Douglas

518 words - 2 pages

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 it would be ready for flight
once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon.

Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. If we were
allowed us to go through our lives without any obstacles, it would
cripple us. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. We
could never fly!

No Struggle, No Progress is edification upon this philosophy. A
struggle can be a physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual process.
As humans, we appreciate more what we have to 'fight' for and take for
granted what is 'given' to us. Through this poem, we learn

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