March 21, 2011
There once was a great king who ruled a vast and mighty kingdom with a just and fair hand. Because of this, all his subjects held him in high regard and had a deep and sincere respect for his authority and advice.
One day he was told by his much trusted soothsayer that all the water in the land would be soon contaminated and that his people would be stricken by a unending madness. Thus he was advised to protect his own water supply, lest he should too fall foul from the poison’s affects. So the king heeded his soothsayer’s advice and set about with many guards, both day and night, to protect his well.
Sure enough, the day came when everyone in the kingdom had drunk from the contaminated water, and they fell into a clouded delirium that lay beyond usual reason. But because the king had protected his own personal water supply, he remained sane and clear minded. Thus he set about helping his people…
But due to their own madness, they could not understand his actions and only saw his advice as irrational and absurd.
Devastated by his own inability to help his people and save them from their plight, he decided to drink from the poisoned water himself… And, thus, they lived in harmonious accord with one another ever after.