“If we do not hang together, we shall surely hang separately.” -Ben Franklin
I wanted to share this fantastic short-story that a friend of mine, Chuck Gallozzi, shared with me. It’s a story about the importance of working together, the way it gets its point across is priceless! For when we refuse to cooperate with others, we only deepen our suffering and make life that much more difficult. Here’s the story…
A Young Monk and His Mentor
A young Buddhist initiate asked his mentor to describe hell. “Ah, hell.” the monk said, “it is like a large banquet hall with countless rows of tables laden with sumptuous meals and delicious drinks.” But Teacher, the surprised initiate said, “I thought those in hell would suffer.” “Oh, they do,” answered the monk. “You see, there are four-foot long chopsticks permanently attached to their hands. Although they can pick up the food, the length of the chopsticks makes it impossible to reach their mouths.”
“That’s horrible. Teacher, tell me about heaven,” the initiate pleaded. “Ah, heaven,” the monk sighed, “it is like a large banquet hall with countless rows of tables laden with sumptuous meals and delicious drinks, and permanetly attached to everyone’s hands are four-foot long chopsticks.” “But Teacher, isn’t that the same as hell?” the initiate stuttered. “No,” the monk replied, “the people are different, although they cannot feed themselves, they can feed each other!”
I hope this resonated with you like it did with me!