segunda-feira, 20 de março de 2017

The King's New Divider

A pompous King who cared about nothing except dividing and ruling hired two builders who promised him the finest, the greatest, the tallest, the strongest divider along the country's border, built from rock invisible to anyone who was either unfit for his position or "hopelessly stupid". The King's ministers could not see the invisible rock themselves, but pretended they could for fear of appearing unfit for their positions. And the King did the same. Finally, the builders reported that the divider was completely built and finished, and the King paraded in front of the wall before his subjects. The peoples of that land played along with the pretense, not wanting to appear unfit for their positions or stupid. Then, a child in the crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense, blurts out that the King hasn't built any wall at all, and the cry is taken up by others. The King suspects the assertion is true but continues the procession.

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