Thursday, October 18, 2007

A wiseman & a youngman

The Wise Man & The Young ManThere was once an old wise man who live on top of a mountain. (I don'tknow why the wise men always like to stay on top of mountains.)Whenever the villagers had a problem, they would climb up the mountainand ask the old man for advice.One day a young man decided to climb up and ask the old man a question."Wise man," he asked, "What makes a man truly great?"The old man looked at him and said, "Do you sincerely want to know?""Yes, yes!" the young man replied the wise man."Well," the wise old man said to him, "Let me tell you in the form ofa story"There was once a Greek man who suffered from a deadly disease. Knowingthat he will die soon, he was the first to join the army when hiscountry was in a battle with the enemy. Hoping to die in battle, hewould fight in the front line, exposing himself without any worry forhis life. Eventually they won the battle and he was still alive. Hisgeneral was so impressed with his bravery which contributed much tothe victory.The general decided to promote him and award him with medals ofbravery and honor. On the day of presentation, he was looking verydown and sad. Curiously, the general asked him the reason why and wastold of his deadly disease. "How could I let such a brave soldierdie?", the general thought. So the general hired the best physicianand finally cured the soldier. But from that day onwards, the oncevaliant soldier was no longer seen at the front. He would always avoiddanger and tries his best to avoid danger and protect his life."Young man", he wise man said, "if you want to be truly great, youmust not be scared of dying, you must be daring."

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