Reprinted with permission from "How the Children Became Stars" by Aaron Zerah, published by Sorin Books.
A holy man named Aman made a journey to see the powerful Horoun Al-Rashid, the Caliph, who governed a great empire. When Aman was at last allowed to see the Caliph, the simple man asked him a simple question. "If you were dying of thirst and alone in the desert, what would you give for a single cup of water?"
The Caliph did not even pause for a moment. "I'd give half my kingdom!" he shouted.
Aman nodded. Then quietly he asked, "And, what if the water you drank somehow filled you up so much you were about to burst? With your life in danger, O great Caliph, what would you give for a few pills that would cure your condition and keep your soul alive?"
"Surely I would give up the other half of my kingdom," Haroun Al-Rashid declared.
"Why then, O great Caliph," the saintly Aman inquired, "do you talk about what fantastic worth your kingdom has when you yourself are willing to give up the whole kingdom for a mere cup of water and a handful of pills?"
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