Secret Wisdom and Hidden Knowledge Revealed
One word reveals (almost)
There once was a prince that inherited sovereignty of
an ancient land.
To the new kings surprise he found there were wise
men waiting permission to enter his presence. Before
he granted admission to his throne room he was told
they were looking for his father, not him.
When the wise finally gained admission the young king
was presented with a gift. He was informed that this
was but a delegation of a great college of elders. Ten
years before they had been royally charged
with the responsibility of distilling all of man's wisdom
into a single book.
Books are good for kings, but as a prince his highness
had been too busy partying to learn
how to enjoy reading. If he
could read he would have discovered the wise had journeyed
not only through secret wisdom to be found in history,
but had journeyed far into the
future to unravel life's mysteries. The title of
the book was written by an esteemed visionary of the
future - Mark Twain.
"The man who does not read good books has no advantage
over the man who cannot read them."
To hide his ignorance, the leader of the kingdom waved
his hand in dismissal, "Return when you have distilled
all wisdom into one sentence," he proclaimed.
The next five years were turbulent ones for the ancient
lands, there seemed no consistency or relevancy in the
kings reign, to the point some whispered that, perhaps,
maybe, it could be considered that the idea of all powerful
and knowing kings was a mistake. This talk
was dangerous and never reached the king.
The king knew of course that some things were going wrong;
but he had no idea of how to fix them. When truffles
became scarce, he ordered that all found were to belong
to the kingdom, and his chef now said none were being
found at all. When he was told horse feed was too expensive
he ordered it to be sold at half price. When he heard
that horse feed was now rare since few were growing
it, he ordered that what remained should be free, and
controlled by his government. Now what little horse
feed was available had to be imported at great expense.
not happen - he was king!
The king was therefore thrilled to learn that the wise
man delegation had returned; he had quite forgotten them.
With little fanfare they entered the royal presence and
offered a great summation of all wisdom, current, past,
and future in one sentence: This Too Shall
Not exactly the quick fix the king was looking for. He
once more sent away the wise, retaining none as advisers.
His current advisers told him what he wanted to hear,
always a quick fix, ignoring nonessentials that didn't
have simple solutions included. He did tell the delegation
to return - once they had distilled all wisdom into one
The kingdom became rebellious. A few strikes, a few tax
collectors tarred and feathered, some pictures of the
king even had mustaches drawn on them. To calm the
ignorant literate in his kingdom the king raised taxes, again.
Surely everyone would be happier if the king controlled
most of the money and directed everyone's lives. It didn't
seem to help.
Things went from bad to worse. The king was in desperate
straits when the wise returned for what would be their
final presentation. They had agreed on the one word
that summed up both all logic and all wisdom. That one
wise word was --
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