The Two Pots

One day two beautiful pots, one of earthenware and the other one of brass, were carried downstream by a river in flood. The pot of brass begged his companion to remain as close by his side as possible, and he would protect him. 
“You are very kind and sympathetic,” replied the earthen pot, “but that the cause for which I am afraid of. If you only keep your distance, I shall be able to go in my way safety. But should we come too close, whether I strike you or you strike me, I am sure to be the one who will get the worst of it.” 

Moral: Keep a safe distance from powerful neighbours.