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The Story of the Rainbow
Once upon a time the colours of the world started to quarrel: all
claimed that they were the best, the most important, the most
useful, the favourite.
GREEN said: "Clearly I am the most important. I am the sign of life
and of hope. I was chosen for grass, leaves, trees--without me, all
animals would die. Look out over the countryside and you will see
that I am in the majority."
BLUE interrupted: "You only think about the Earth, but consider the
sky and sea. It is the water that is the basis of life and drawn up
by the clouds from the deep sea. The sky gives space and peace and
serenity. Without my peace, you would all be nothing."
YELLOW chuckled: "You are all so serious. I bring laughter, gaiety,
and warmth to the world. The sun is yellow, the moon is yellow, the
stars are yellow. Every time you look at a sunflower, the whole
world starts to smile. Without me, there would be no fun."
ORANGE started next to blow her temper. "I am the colour of health
and strength. I may be scarce but I am precious for I serve the
needs of human life. I carry the most important vitamins. Think of
carrots, pumpkins, oranges, mangos, and pawpaws. I don't hang around
all the time, but when I fill the sky at sunrise or sunset, my
beauty is so striking that no one gives another thought to any of
RED could stand it no longer. He shouted out: "I am the ruler of all
of you! I am blood! Life's blood! I am the color of danger and of
bravery. I am willing to fight for a cause. I bring fire to the
blood! I am the colour of passion and of love, the red rose, the
poppy and the poinsettia. Without me, the earth would be as empty as
PURPLE rose up to his full height. He was very tall and spoke with
great pomp: "I am the colour of royalty and power. Kings, chiefs,
and bishops have always chosen me for I am a sign of authority and
wisdom. People do not question me, they listen and obey".
Finally, INDIGO spoke, much more quietly than all the others, but
with just as much determination: "Think of me. I am the colour of
silence. You hardly notice me, but without me you all become
superficial. I represent thought and reflection, twilight and deep
water. You need me for balance and contrast, for prayer and inner
And so all the colours went on boasting and quarrelling, each
convinced of their own superiority. Soon, their quarrelling became
louder and louder. Suddenly there was a startling flash of bright
lightening! Thunder rolled and boomed! Rain started to pour down
relentlessly. The colours crouched down in fear drawing close to one
another for comfort.
In the midst of the clamour, RAIN began to speak: "You foolish
colours, fighting amongst yourselves, each trying to dominate the
rest. Don't you know you were each made for a special purpose,
unique and different? Join hands with one another and come to me."
Doing as they were told, the colours united and joined hands. The
RAIN continued: "From now on, when it rains, each of you will
stretch across the sky in a great bow of colours as a reminder that
you can all live in peace. The rainbow is a sign of hope for
And so, whenever a good rain washes the world, and a rainbow appears
in the sky, let us remember to appreciate one another.