I love telling stories to put across a point
A Teaching Story
Once upon a time there was a young hat seller who used to roam around the country from town to town – selling hats for a living.
On one summer afternoon – while travelling from one town to another – he felt very exhausted.
He was so tired that he decided to take a nap in the forest.
He found a mango tree – with lots of branches – and cool shade.
Placing his bag of hats beside him – the hat seller went to sleep.
When he woke up after a refreshing nap – he found that there were no hats in his bag.
Bewildered – he exclaimed to himself:
Suddenly he looked up – and – he noticed that the mango tree was full of monkeys – wearing all his colourful hats.
He could not believe his eyes.
Yes – all the monkeys were wearing his hats.
He yelled at the monkeys.
The monkeys screamed back at him.
He made faces at the monkeys.
In response – the monkeys made the same funny faces back at him.
He threw a stone at the monkeys.
In response – the monkeys showered him with raw mangoes.
“Oh my God – how do I get my hats back...?” the hat seller wondered.
He pondered for some time – but he could not find a solution to his predicament.
Finding no answer – he got so frustrated – that he took off his own hat – and he threw the hat on the ground.
To his surprise – all the monkeys also threw their hats to the ground.
The hat seller did not waste a second.
He hurriedly collected all the hats – and he went on his way to the next town.
50 years later – the grandson of the same hat-seller was passing through the same jungle.
The grandson had continued the family business of selling hats.
After walking all afternoon – he was very fatigued and tired.
He found a nice mango tree with lots of branches and cool shade.
So – he decided to rest a while – and soon was fast asleep.
A few hours later – when he woke up – he realized that all the hats from his bag had vanished.
He started searching for the missing hats.
Then he looked up.
To his surprise he found some monkeys sitting on the mango tree wearing his hats.
At first – he was confused.
He was at a loss not knowing what to do.
Suddenly – he remembered the story his grandfather used to tell him – about the monkeys and the hats.
“I know how to fool these monkeys...” he said to himself, “I will make them imitate me – and very soon – I will get all my hats back.”
He waved at the monkeys – and the monkeys waved back at him.
He blew his nose – and the monkeys blew their noses.
He started dancing – and the monkeys also danced.
He pulled his ears – and the monkeys pulled their ears.
He raised his hands – and the monkeys raised their hands.
Then – he threw his hat on the ground – expecting all the monkeys to do likewise.
But instead – one monkey jumped down from the mango tree.
Then – looking into the young man’s eyes – the monkey said:
So – Dear Reader – remember the story of the Monkeys and the Hat-Seller – and keep learning – and have a nice “entropy-free” life.
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