Everybody's Got One
A blog. An opinion. An elimination orifice. A dream. An agenda. A past. A hidden talent. A conceptual filter. A cross. A charism (often the same). A task. A wound. A destiny. A lost love. A blind spot. A bad habit. A secret. A passion. A soul ... okay, maybe not everybody ...
Thursday, September 18, 2003

 

Simon, I have something to ask you:
Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?
Simon replied, "I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled."
Simon supposes that all men are rather like himself - a common failing, among both good people and those less so. In practice, though, very often, the greater the debt forgiven or the favor bestowed, the greater the embarrassment and the resentment, the greater the scorn and the contempt for the gracious chump or the powerful patron.

But of course the point of the story was to get Simon to examine his own assumptions, and you rarely accomplish that by telling people they're naive fools.

posted by Kelly | 12:48 PM link
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