First Published: Oct.25.2018
The king of a faraway territory was passing by a farm. He saw a 90-year-old man planting a young olive tree.
The king got closer to the old man and said: “With all due respect sir, are you planting a young olive tree?”
The old man said: “Yes, your majesty.”
The king continued asking: “Did you know that it will take 20 years for this young olive tree to develop olives?! You are a 90-year-old man, with what hope are you planting this twig?”
The old man smiled and said: “Everyone else planted and we ate; now we plant for others to eat.”
The king liked the answer and gave some valuable coins to the old man.
The old man laughed.
The king asked with wonder: “Why are you laughing?”
The old man said: “Everyone else’s olive trees give profit in 20 years, but my olive twig gave profit right away.”
The king enjoyed the answer again and gave more gold coins to the old man.
The old man laughed again.
The king had to ask: “What did you laugh about this time?”
The old man said: “Olive trees give profit once a year but my olive twig gave profit twice in one day.”
The king jumped on his horseback and ran away fast from the old man and his farm.
The king’s right-hand-side got closer to the king and asked in shock: “Why did you run away so fast after the old man’s answer?”
The king said: “His 90 years of experience and knowledge would have made me bankrupt if I would’ve continued asking questions.”
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