Monday, September 5, 2011

Solomon and a divided nation


Once upon a time in a kingdom far away there lived a king of great wisdom. Each day the king would hold court and hear the pleas of his people. One day two opponents came before him for his adjudication over a matter of extreme importance concerning the child of state. One of the opponents pleaded with the king to slash to the bone support for child, arguing that unless the child be starved the state would flounder and die. His opponent argued that unless the king waged war on his neighbors and robbed their coffers there wouldn’t be enough money to continue supporting the child and it would likewise die.

The king saw that to preserve the child of state he would need to adopt a middle way between these two extremes, so he reduced the child’s support and avoided war, which greater angered both opponents but saved the child.
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