Dear friends, could you think of a solution?
Many years ago in a small Indian village, a farmer had the misfortune of
owing a large sum of money to a female village moneylender. The female
moneylender, who was old, fat and ugly, fancied the farmer‘s handsome son,
So she proposed a bargain. She said she would forego the farmer‘s debt if
she could marry his son.
Both the farmer and his son were horrified by the Proposal.
The cunning female moneylender suggested that they let Providence decide
the matter. She told them that she would put a black pebble and a white
pebble into an empty moneybag. Then the son would have to pick one pebble
from the bag.
If he picked the black pebble, he would become her husband and her
father's debt would be forgiven. If he picked the white pebble he need not
marry her and his father's debt would still be forgiven. But if he refused
to pick a pebble, his father would be thrown into Jail.
They were standing on a pebble-strewn path in the farmer's field. As they
talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. As she picked
them up, the sharp-eyed son noticed that she had picked up two black
pebbles and put them into the bag. She then asked the son to pick a pebble
from the bag.
Now, imagine that you were standing in the field. What would you have done
if you were the son? If you had to advise him, what would you have told
Careful analysis would produce three possibilities: The son should refuse
to take a pebble.The son should show that there were two black pebbles in
the bag and expose the moneylender as a lying, back stabbing female cheat.
The son should pick a black pebble and sacrifice himself in order to save
his father from his debt and imprisonment.
Take a moment to ponder over the story. The above story is used with the
hope that it will make us appreciate the difference between lateral
and logical thinking.
The son's dilemma cannot be solved with traditional logical thinking.
Think of the consequences if he chooses the above logical answers.
What would you recommend to the son to do
Well, here is what he did....
The son put his hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without
looking at it, he fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path
where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.
'Oh, how clumsy of me,' he said. 'But never mind, if you look into the bag
for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.'
Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that he had picked
the white one. And since the moneylender dared not admit her dishonesty,
the son changed what seemed an impossible situation into an extremely
MORAL OF THE STORY
Most complex problems do have solutions.
It is only that we don‘t attempt to think.
A man is but a product of his thoughts.