A message that departs from the main topic       
   PROSE > Just a Thought

Three men were walking together when they come upon a thin old man by the side of the road. The old man was raggedly dressed, his clothing torn in various places. He was the perfect picture of absolute misery.

The first man was a good man. He exclaimed sympathetically, "What a miserable life! I'm glad I am not he."

But the second man said, "Don't be glad. His misery is pitiable. Perhaps, someone should help him."

They both nodded in agreement, looking utterly sympathetic. Yet, neither of them made the first move.

Finally, after a long silence, the third man said, "What is there to pity? Is there a difference between this old man and us?"

'If you compare yourself with others, you will become either vain or bitter, for always there will be better and lesser persons than yourself.' ~ Desiderata

Copyright © 2004 Excursus. All rights reserved.