The Two Pots

Two pots, one of earthenware, the other of brass, were carried down a river in a flood. The brazen pot begged his companion to keep by his side, and he would protect him. "Thank you for your offer," said the earthen pot, "but that is just what I am afraid of. If you will only keep at a distance, I may float down in safety; but should we come in contact, I am sure to be the sufferer."

Avoid too powerful neighbors; for, should there be a collision, the weakest goes to the wall.