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Stone Soup

01 Nov
Stone Soup

Aesop

Many years ago three soldiers, hungry and weary of battle,   came upon a small village. The villagers, suffering a meager harvest and the   many years of war, quickly hid what little they had to eat and met the three   at the village square, wringing their hands and bemoaning the lack of   anything to eat.

The soldiers spoke quietly among themselves and the first soldier then turned   to the village elders. “Your tired fields have left you nothing to   share, so we will share what little we have: the secret of how to make soup   from stones.”

Naturally the villagers were intrigued and soon a fire was put to the town’s   greatest kettle as the soldiers dropped in three smooth stones. “Now   this will be a fine soup”, said the second soldier; “but a pinch of   salt and some parsley would make it wonderful!” Up jumped a villager,   crying “What luck! I’ve just remembered where some’s been left!”   And off she ran, returning with an apronful of parsley and a turnip. As the   kettle boiled on, the memory of the village improved: soon barley, carrots,   beef and cream had found their way into the great pot, and a cask of wine was   rolled into the square as all sat down to feast.

They ate and danced and sang well into the night, refreshed by the feast and   their new-found friends. In the morning the three soldiers awoke to find the   entire village standing before them. At their feet lay a satchel of the   village’s best breads and cheese. “You have given us the greatest of   gifts: the secret of how to make soup from stones”, said an elder,   “and we shall never forget.” The third soldier turned to the crowd,   and said: “There is no secret, but this is certain: it is only by   sharing that we may make a feast”. And off the soldiers wandered, down   the road.

“The miracle is this – the more we share, the more we have.” –   Leonard Nimoy

 
 
 
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Posted by on November 1, 2012 in Think it over

 

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