Thursday, 9 July 2009
The Worlds Greatest Lie
"It's a book that says the same thing almost all other books in the world say." continued the old man. "It describes peoples inability to choose their own destinies. And it ends up saying that everybody believes the worlds greatest lie."
"What's the worlds greatest lie?" the boy asked, completely surprised.
"It's this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what's happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That's the worlds greatest lie."
"Why would a king be talking with a shepherd? the boy asked, awed and embarrassed.
"For several reasons. But lets say that the most important is that you succeeded in discovering your destiny."
The boy didn't know what a person's "destiny" was.
"it's what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their destiny is
"At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their destiny."
(The Boy wanted to know what the mysterious force was)
"It's a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your destiny. it prepares your spirit and your will, because there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it's because the desire originated in the soul of the universe. It's your mission on Earth."
"Even when all you want to do is travel? Or marry the daughter of a textile merchant?"
"Yes, or even search for treasure. The soul of the world is nourished by people's happiness. And also by unhappiness, envy and jealousy. To realize one's destiny is a person only real obligation. All things are one.
"And when you want something all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it."
"People learn, early in their lives, what is their reason for being," said the old man, with a certain biterness. "Maybe that's why they give up on it so early, too. But that's the way it is."