There once lived a beggar in a small town. The beggar walked daily in the local Bazaar and downtown area.
Everyone in town knew him for years. He was famous for his stupidity, and people made fun of him daily.
Every single day, people showed him two coins; one silver and the other one gold, then they asked him to choose.
He always chose the silver one which was less in value. New people used to come to visit after they heard about the stupid beggar. They offered him both coins just to see if the story was true.
And when he did pick the silver coin, they started making fun of him. This became an ongoing habit for people for years.
A kind by-passer heard the story and went to see this stupid beggar. When he saw that it was true and that the beggar was truly stupid, he felt bad.
He got closer to the beggar and whispered in his ears: “The gold coin is worth more when people offer you two coins pick the gold one. Then they will not laugh at you.”
The beggar responded: “Thank you for your concern. You are a very kind man. But don’t worry I have been very smart all these years. If I take the gold coin, they would never pay me again.
But each one of them has paid me many gold coins in total all these years. I may look stupid to them, but it was them that was naive. I am making a good living out of their stupidity.”
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