Sunday, October 24, 2010


There was once a small boy who banged a drum all day and loved every moment of
it. He would not be quiet, no matter what anyone else said or did. Various
attempts were made to do something about the child.

One person told the boy that he would, if he continued to make so much noise,
perforate his eardrums. This reasoning was too advanced for the child, who was
neither a scientist nor a scholar.

A second person told him that drum beating was a sacred activity and should be
carried out only on special occasions. The third person offered the neighbors
plugs for their ears; a fourth gave the boy a book; a fifth gave the neighbors
books that described a method of controlling anger through biofeedback; a sixth
person gave the boy meditation exercises to make him placid and docile. None of
these attempts worked.

Eventually, a wise person came along with an effective motivation. He looked at
the situation, handed the child a hammer and chisel, and asked, "I wonder what
is INSIDE the drum?"

No more problem.

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