2013 – Year of the Snake

Posted on 5th Feb 2013 by ian under Random | No Comments »

A Chinese parable:

An old man on his death bed asks a wise man, ”What is the difference between heaven and hell?” The wise man takes him to see both. In hell, they see people seated at a huge banquet with every dish imaginable. But their chopsticks are enormous, a ridiculous one metre long – too long for each person to put to their lips. They are surrounded by delicious food but are tortured, gaunt and starving. The two men then go to heaven. There, they see the same sumptuous feast and the same enormous chopsticks but at this banquet, the people are healthy, laughing and well fed. ”In heaven,” the wise man says, ”the people feed each other.”