Last Trouble is the Worst
A Treasury of Jewish Folklore
While on a long journey, a man met a wolf on the road. And when he escaped from this danger he went about telling people the story of his meeting with the wolf.
Further on the road he met with a lion, and again he escaped from certain death. After that, the man went about telling people of his escape from the lion's jaws.
Still later on he met a snake. When he escaped from its poisonous fangs he forgot altogether about the dangers he had met before. He talked only about his escape from the snake.
Similarly with the Jewish people. New dangers can make them forget the old ones.