day the King was troubled and called all the wise men to his court (the wise women
were busy running the country).
have several important questions," began the King, "All my astrologers,
augury experts and other men of science give me different advice. What
should I believe?"
wisest of the wise men stepped forward and said, "Never
think for yourself Your Majesty, if someone else is willing to do it for you.
Most people have many opinions and ideas but you Dear
King have the court advisers. They have the many thoughts and possibilities
that the common folk have to invent for themselves."
who has the Truth?" the King insisted.
holy men laughed and a senior one explained, "Nobody has the Truth, for
the Truth is within and who has time to look there when so many distractions
are freely available?"
one know the Truth?" asked the perplexed King.
helpful wise man laughingly assured the confused King, "No, no your Majesty,
anything called 'the Truth'
can be contradicted. As King you may insist that your beliefs
are obeyed as 'the Truth'."
is there a God?"
asked the king in exasperation.
of the wise men assured him, "What difference does it make Dear King?
You don't even know all the possibilities of your own magnificence. Why bother
with what can not be known when so much of oneself is undiscovered?"
Then the Kings youngest grandson
stepped forward and said, "I too have a question."
would be happy to answer your question, for has it not been said, 'look to your
children for the results of your wisdom'. What is your question Oh Illustrious
Grandson of His Highness?"
long is a piece of string?" asked the young boy.
wise men began to confer on this most difficult of questions.
the King finally, "how long is a piece of string?"
wisest of the wise stepped forward. "Oh King and Illustrious Grandson,"
he said, "we unamiously agree that a piece of string is mostly three inches
long. Anything less than three inches is a strand, suitable merely for knots.
Most string is longer than three inches and all of that is three inches long as
Everyone agreed this
was an excellent answer and the Kings Court was the wisest in all history.