Once upon a time, a long time ago, in a land far away, there lived an old man in a house on top of a hill. He had dedicated his entire life to study and meditate. He was known far and wide for his intelligence, sensitivity and wisdom. Politicians, Business men and women, and dignitaries came to visit and ask him questions. His answers were always accurate. He seemed to have a special faculty that enabled him to solve any issue that arose. Whenever his answers and solutions were imlemented, the result was always excellent. His fame soon spread throughout the land.
In the village below the hill, was a group of boys who played together. Sometimes they climbed the hill to visit the old man and ask him questions, but he always had the right answers. Over time, it became a little game, the boys continually tried to think of a question that the old man could not answer. But they were never succeeded at their game.
One fateful day, the ringleader of the group, by name Aram, called the attention of others and said, “I have finally found a way to stump the old man. Here in my hand, I have a bird. We will all go and ask him if the bird is alive or dead. If he says that it is dead, I will release it and it will fly away. If he says it is alive, I will crush it, and the bird will be dead. Either way, he will at least be proven wrong.”
Excited about the prospect of finally catching the old man with a wrong answer, they hurried up the hill. The old man catch a glimpse of them as they came closer. He also noticed the eager looks on their faces. Then Aram stepped forward and asked, “Sir, I have a bird here in my hands. Is it alive, or is it dead?”
The old man looked at their mischievous, expectant faces and then replied, “Aram, it is in your hands.”
—- Brian Tracy.