Parable Of The Spoons

A Holy Man Was Having A Conversation With The Lord One Day

He Asked Him
"I Would Like To Know What Heaven And Hell Are Like"

The Lord Led The Holy Man To Two Doors

He Opened One Of The Doors And The Holy Man Looked In
In The Middle Of The Room Was A Large Round Table
In The Middle Of The Table Was A Large Pot Of Stew
The Stew Smelled Delicious
It Made The Holy Man's Mouth Water

The People Sitting Around The Table Were Thin And Sickly
They Appeared To Be Famished
They Were Holding Spoons With Very Long Handles
Each Found It Possible To Reach Into The Pot Of Stew And Take A Spoonful
But Because The Handles Were Longer Than Their Arms
They Could Not Get The Spoons Back Into Their Mouths
The Holy Man Shuddered At The Sight Of Their Misery And Suffering

The Lord Said
"You Have Seen Hell"

They Went To The Next Room And Opened The Door
It Was Exactly The Same As The First One
There Was The Large Round Table With The Large Pot Of Stew
And Again The Stew Made The Holy Man's Mouth Water
The People Were Equipped With The Same Long Handled Spoons
But There Was A One Big Difference
Here The People Were Well Nourished And Plump
They Were All Laughing And Talking

The Holy Man Said
"I Don't Understand"

"It Is Simple"
Said The Lord
"It Requires But One Skill"

"You See"
"They Have Learned To Feed Each Other"

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