Sunday, 28 April 2013

Long live the wise. Does it bellow at dawn while other sheep are still asleep? Sheep spend their whole lives in slumber

Change makes us reassess our life and sharpen our vision. Surprises test our principles and determination. Setbacks make us wonder if our efforts are worth anything. The stronger our fear of uncertainty, the more desperate our need to cling to the past.

Long live the wise


Such were the questions that occupied Krishna's mind one summer morning, when he was meditating under a banyan tree near the river. He heard steps behind his back and the voice of Nadu interrupted his thoughts. "Long live the wise, Krishna," saluted Nadu.

Krishna opened his eyes and saw that Nadu was carrying a black sheep in his arms. When Nadu set the sheep on the ground, the animal stared briefly at Krishna, found him uninteresting, turned around, and began to drink water from the river.

"My father is worried and has sent me to ask you for advice," explained Nadu, pointing at the black sheep, that then started to eat grass, looking perfectly healthy. "We don't know how this has happened, but we fear for the other sheep."

"When we walked out of the house o
n Monday morning, we found this black sheep standing in the middle of our herd." Nadu made a small pause and reflected. "Of course, we had heard stories about black sheep, but we always thought that they didn't exist."

Krishna stood up, walked up to the animal, and caressed its head. "At the beginning, we didn't give it much importance," continued Nadu, "but the next day, strange things began to happen, like in the stories we had heard."


Does it bellow at dawn while other sheep are still asleep?

The animal lifted its head and began to ruminate contentedly the grass that it had just eaten. "Does it bellow at dawn while other sheep are still asleep?" inquired Krishna. "Does it refuse to return home in the evening? Does it try run away at the smallest opportunity and encourage other sheep to join it?"

Surprised, Nadu confirmed all points. He had not expected such focused questions from Krishna. How come that Krishna knew so much about black sheep? Nadu was terrified of the possibility that other sheep in the herd might also become black.


Sheep spend their whole lives in slumber

 "Tell me, Nadu," continued Krishna, "is it not true that sheep spend their whole lives in slumber, never try to run away, and always follow the herd without delay?" Nadu nodded, wondering where Krishna was heading with his questions.

At that moment, the black sheep turned to Nadu and stared at him impatiently, as though it was wondering why Nadu was so slow in drawing the obvious conclusion. A long silence ensued before Krishna spoke again. "The truth is, Nadu, that this animal is not a sheep."

Nadu, instead of being shocked by the news, took the whole matter rather philosophically. He immediately accepted Krishna's offer to relieve him of the animal, ran back to the farmhouse, and informed his father that the problem was solved once and for all.

Krishna then traversed the forest, followed closely by the animal. In the afternoon, they climbed a mountain and reached a hidden valley, where hundreds of similar black creatures were placidly eating grass and having a great time.

When the newcomer joined the others, it was warmly welcomed. Krishna observed the animals play
while the sun went down. He didn't understand them and he didn't know where they came from, but he was sure of one thing. Those were not sheep.

For more information about rational living and personal development, I refer you to my book The 10 Principles of Rational Living

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