Once upon a time,
A king had an old dog, and loved him very much. The king always talked to his dog. One of the days the king decided that he needs his dog to talk back.
The king announced: “If anyone could teach my dog how to talk, I will award him one thousand gold coins. And if the trainer failed and my dog couldn’t talk after the lessons, I will order to execute that person.”
The amount of the award was so high, that made a few covetous to try to teach King’s dog to talk. And of course, the dog didn’t learn and they got executed.
The king increased the 1000 to 2000 gold coins, but people were afraid of losing their lives and never volunteered.
Until one day that an old man walked to the palace and said: “I will teach your dog to talk under three conditions.”
The king got excited and asked for the old man’s three conditions.
The old man said: “First I need a great comfortable habitant for my family, me and your dog.
Second, I don’t want the 2000 gold coins, but need a very good monthly salary. And third, I want ten years’ time with no pressure on me at all, as this is a very hard job to be done.”
The excited king accepted the conditions and signed a deal.
The friends and families of the old man remonstrated him for his stupidity; “The dog would never talk and you will be executed.”
The old man replied: “I gave ten years of great life, to my family. I am an old man; the king is an old man and the dog is old. In these ten years one of us will die and there won’t be an execution.”
It reminds me of all the promises the politicians give, who knows who will survive, to be able to see the results.