Re: Mullah and the generations of life
- Good story! For your hopefully continued enjoyment, submitting a saying attributed to
Socrates that strikes me as both aphorism and koan:
"True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. And in knowing that you know
nothing, that makes you the smartest of all."
--- In email@example.com, medit8ionsociety <no_reply@y...>
> The king had heard that Mullah Nasrudin was a very wise man
> and so he had him brought to him. He then asked Nasrudin to
> tell him something that would make him feel happy.
> Nasrudin said "I hope your father dies, you die, and your
> son dies".
> This infuriated the king so much that he had Nasrudin thrown
> into a jail cell and vowed to have him hung.
> Because his advisers knew how strange Nasrudin's teachings
> were, they implored the king to reconsider and let Nasrudin
> explain why he said what he did. The king had him brought to
> his chamber and the king said "I asked you to tell me something
> that would bring me happiness and you told me something
> very depressing. Why did you say these things?
> "If your son would die before you," Nasrudin answered, "it
> would cause unbearable sadness to you and your father. And if
> you died before your father, it too would would bring great
> sorrow. But if your family dies in the order I have described,
> it will be the natural course of life. This is true happiness."