21 January 2015

The best and the worst thing in the world


Once upon a time, there was an old emperor who decided to find out what are the best and the worst things in the world. 

Many people came to him and presented their opinions. They said the best things in the world are: wisdom, money, health and patience; whereas the worst things are: stupidity, poverty, disease and war. The king was amazed by all these answers but he was still not convinced. One day a monk came. Many saw him as the wisest man in the kingdom and he said:

- What I am going to say is a simple thing that everybody uses as he pleases. Words are the best thing in the world


Some were puzzled, others were laughing when they heard this. So the monk continued:

- Words are used by mothers to comfort their children, to educate them. They are also used by wise man to teach us valuable lessons, by emperors to rule the world, by doctors to soothe the ones in pain; words are used in prayers too.

- You are right, said the emperor. So now, what is the worst thing in the world?

- The worst thing in the world is words, again, said the monk. Think about how quickly you can disrespect a person by telling him a lie, destroy trust and  hurt somebody with words. So words are the best and the worst thing in the world.

Use your words kindly. Or sometimes, you say it best, when you say nothing at all.

P.S. the "cast a spell" words and  another nice kids story

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