Mullah Nasruddin and the Trap We Should All Look Out For

Once a renowned philosopher and moralist was travelling through Nasruddins village when he asked him where there was a good place to eat. Nasruddin suggested a place and the scholar, hungry for conversation, invited the Mullah to join him. Much obliged, Mullah Nasruddin accompanied the scholar to a nearby restaurant, where they asked the waiter about the special of the day.

“Fish! Fresh Fish!” replied the waiter.

“Bring us two,” they answered.

A few minutes later, the waiter brought out a large platter with two cooked fish on it, one of which was quite a bit smaller than the other. Without hesitating, Mullah Nasruddin took the larger of the fish and put in on his plate.

The scholar, giving Mullah Nasruddin a look of intense disbelief, proceeded to tell him that what he did was not only blatantly selfish, but violated the principles of almost every known moral, religious, and ethical system. Mullah Nasruddin calmly listened to the philosophers extempore lecture patiently, and when he had finally exhausted his resources, Mullah Nasruddin said,

“Well, Sir, what would you have done?”

“I, being a conscientious human, would have taken the smaller fish for myself.”

“And here you are,” Mullah Nasruddin said, and placed the smaller fish on the gentlemans plate.

Source: Evan’s Experientialism
(Not an endorsement, just crediting where I found it. I havent really read the site – seems like a really great place though!)

What A Story!

Shouldn’t we all be on the lookout for spiritual hypocrisy and pride in ourselves?

What do you think of such posts? For RSS readers, the site has recently been redesigned (click through to see it!), and as part of this change, I was reading through my older posts. I was surprised to see how the blog has changed. The recent posts have become a bit too scientific and less human; it felt like reading some kind of textbook – even worse, feels like “work”!

Apologies for this, if this has turned you off – I didn’t even realise it myself. I’m entering the final year of my psychology studies (unless I get into post-graduate school) and that means most of my time has been spent reading and writing really drrrrryyyyy and borrrinnnnggg scientific type material. It’s hard to switch back to normal mode sometimes.

And so this post is an experiment in going the other direction. What do you think? Please leave a comment! I’m thinking of mixing in shorter posts and / or less serious posts in the future, especially since I foresee less and less blogging time.

And in case you are wondering who Nasruddin is, Wikipedia says that he is a “legendary satirical Sufi figure”, who gets his messages across in very unconventional but effective manner. His stories are always fantastic.