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A Story about two pebbles Over photos of China!. The difference between logical thoughts and “lateral” thoughts. There was once in a small village a farmer who owed an important sum of money due to be repaid to a very ugly old man. The farmer had a very pretty daughter

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A Story about two pebblesOver photos of China!


The difference between logical thoughts and “lateral” thoughts.


There was once in a small village a farmer who owed an important sum of money

due to be repaid to a very ugly old man.


The farmer had a very pretty daughter

that the old lender was sweet on,

the lender proposed a deal:


He said he would annul the debt

if he could marry his daughter


.Both the farmer and his daughter

were horrified about this proposition


So, the old lender suggested hazard should determine

the outcome of his proposition.


He told them he would put two pebbles

one black and one white in an empty money bag,


And, the daughter would pick, without looking …


One of the two pebbles.


1) If she picks a black one, she must marry me

And the debt to her father is eliminated…..


2) If she picks the white pebble, she doesn’t have to marry me

and the debt is also eliminated


3) If she refuses to pick a pebble, her father will go to jail


While speaking, the old lender leaned forward

and picked up two pebbles.


As he was picking them up, the daughter with a sharp eye…


Noticed he had picked up two black pebbles and put them in the money bag


But, she said nothing.


The old lender asked the daughter

to pick a pebble out of the bag


This discussion was taking place on the road in front of the farmer’s house

and the road was paved with pebbles


Imagine for an instant what you would have done.


What would you have suggested the daughter to do?


If we analyse the situation, there are 3 possibilities :


1) The daughter refuses to pick a pebble


2) The daughter picks out both pebbles

revealing the old lender cheated


3) The daughter picks out a black pebble and sacrifices herself by marrying the old « coot » and saves her father from emprisonment


Take a moment to reflect on this situation


This story means

to illustrate a point…..


The difference between logical thought

and so called “lateral”thought.


The daughter’s dilemma cannot be resolved equitable manner


By traditional logic


Think of the consequences of each of the three possible options.


So, what would you have done ?


Here is what the young woman did :


She plunged her hand in the bag picked a pebble and,

clumsily, dropped it on the ground


before it could be determined wheter it was black or white,

it mixed with other pebbles on the ground


Ah ! Gosh! I sure am clumsy, said the young woman….


But no matter: if I remove the other pebble from the bag ….


We will know which pebble I had picked first dont you think?


Since the second pebble was black,,


The first had to have been white


. The old lender didn’t dare announce his cheating, ….


The young woman transformed

a seemingly impossible situation


Into a very advantageous ending !


Moral of the story:


A solution exists

for most problems


It’s just that we don’t always know how to

examine every angles of the situation


 May 2011 be full of positive thoughts and wise decisions!


FIN

Bonne journée


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