Mail 28052020 : Burden of Social Responsibility
Teach the art of stealing*
Noticing that his father is growing old, the son of a burglar asked his father to teach him the art of stealing so that he could continue the family tradition after his father.
The father knew that if one wanted to learn swimming, he had to jump into the water.
Ok, said the father and he took his son when he intended burglary in a house.
Once inside, he opened a closet and asked his son to find out what was inside. No sooner had the lad stepped in then the father slammed the door shut and bolted it making such a noise in the process that the whole house was awakened. Then he himself slipped quietly away. Inside the closet the boy was terrified, angry and puzzled as to how he was going to make his escape. Then an idea came to him. He began to make a noise like a cat; whereupon a servant lit a candle and opened the closet to let the cat out. The boy jumped out as soon as the closet door opened and everyone gave chase. Observing a well beside the road he threw a large stone into it and hid in the shadows; then stole away while his pursuers peered into the depths hoping to see the burglar drown.
Back home again the boy forgot his anger in his eagerness to tell his story. But his father said. "Why tell me the tale? You are here. That is enough. You have learnt the trade.
Everything is an art and it has to be learnt using common sense. Escaping without being noticed is really an art.
* This piece has been stolen from a mail received from a friend this week. If you know the truth, abstain from telling it.