Greed

Rigoberto the greedy raccoon and Sofia the generous squirrel

Once upon a time, in a lush forest, there was a raccoon named Rigoberto. Rigoberto was known by all the animals in the forest not only for his cunning, but also for his insatiable love of money and material goods. He was always looking for ways to accumulate more and more wealth.

One day, Rigoberto found a chest full of gold coins buried in the forest. His eyes shone when he saw so much wealth and he decided that no one else should know about his find. He dug a deep hole in his cave and hid his treasure there, promising himself that he would never share a single coin.

Over time, Rigoberto began to work even harder, collecting food, selling fruits and services to other animals, always charging a high price. His greed led him to hoard everything he could, leaving many forest animals without the resources they needed.

A particularly harsh winter came to the forest. Snow covered everything and the animals had difficulty finding food. Many went to ask Rigoberto for help, knowing that he had more than what was necessary, but the greedy raccoon always slammed the door in their faces.

—Everything I have is mine! —Rigoberto said—. Work harder and get your own food!

The days passed and the hunger became more intense. One day, a little squirrel named Sofía, weak and hungry, arrived at Rigoberto’s cave. He begged her for some food, explaining that he hadn’t found any in days.

Rigoberto, with his heart hardened by greed, threw her out without hesitation.

-Get out of here! I have nothing for you. —he growled.

Shortly after, the cold and hunger began to affect Rigoberto as well. He had been so focused on accumulating wealth that he did not realize that he did not have enough food stored for himself. In the end, he found himself weak and hungry, with no one to turn to, as he had driven away all the animals in the forest with his greed.

One night, while Rigoberto was curled up in his cave, he heard a faint scratching at the entrance. It was Sofia, the squirrel I had thrown out earlier. She carried a small bag with nuts and berries.

“Rigoberto,” Sofía said kindly. Even though you rejected me, I couldn’t let you starve. Here’s some food.

Rigoberto, surprised and embarrassed, accepted the food with trembling hands.

—Thank you, Sofia. —he said sincerely—. I have been a fool. My love for money blinded me and made me forget what was most important: kindness and community.

From that day, Rigoberto changed. He began to share his wealth and resources with the other animals of the forest, helping those in need and learning the value of generosity and friendship. He understood that true treasure is not measured in gold coins, but in grateful hearts and the joy of helping others.

And so, the forest prospered, not only because of Rigoberto’s wealth, but because of the spirit of community and solidarity that grew in the hearts of each of its inhabitants.

Moral: True wealth is not found in gold or material goods, but in generosity, kindness and the community we build around us.