In which we celebrate Saturday Stories with a little wisdom

What is the Answer?

A wise man had an apprentice who was very clever. This apprentice wanted, just once, to outwit his master. Finally he had an idea.

He took a very young bird and hid it in his hands behind his back. He stood before the wise man to ask the question:

Is the bird in my hands alive, or dead?

He thought that if the wise man said that the bird was dead, he would show that it still lived; if the wise man said that the bird was alive, he would crush it and kill it.

The wise man looked deep into the eyes of his apprentice, and put his hand gently on the boy's shoulder and said to him,

"The answer, my son, is in your hands."


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