The rat is first in the Chinese Zodiac because, according to legend, he was the first to arrive at the Jade Emperor’s party (and probably the last to leave). Despite pervasive negative stereotypes, rats have many admirable qualities. They’re clever and sociable, not easily discouraged and will persevere through any maze to get to the cheese. An example to us all.
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