April 2, 2007

Two Pebbles (food for thought)

Many years ago in a small Indian village, a farmer had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to the village moneylender, an old, ugly and devious character.

Knowing that the farmer did not have the resources to pay him back, the moneylender proposed a bargain - he would forgo the farmer's debt if he could marry his daughter. Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified.

In an attempt to appear honourable, the moneylender suggested that they let Providence decide the matter. He told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty money bag. The girl would have to pick one pebble from the bag.

If she picked the black pebble, she would become his wife and her father's debt would be forgiven. If she picked the white pebble, she need not marry him and her father's debt would still be pardoned. But if she refused to pick a pebble, her father would be thrown into jail.

They were standing on a pebble strewn path in the farmer's field. As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles. The sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into his bag.

The moneylender then asked the girl to pick a pebble from the bag.

Now, when faced with such a sudden and sticky situation, how was the girl going to untangle herself and her father? Most of us would arrive at three options:

1. The girl could refuse to take a pebble. Her father would be imprisoned as a result.

2. The girl could show that there were two black pebbles in the bag and expose the moneylender as a cheat. But then, the moneylender could still demand that the debt be paid up.

3. The girl could pick a black pebble and sacrifice herself in order to save her father from his debt and imprisonment.

What would you recommend?

*******UPDATE***** april 5, 2007*********
******HERE'S WHAT THE GIRL DID****************

The girl put her hand into the moneybag and drew out a pebble. Without looking at it, she fumbled and let it fall onto the pebble-strewn path where it immediately became lost among all the other pebbles.

"Oh, how clumsy of me," she said. "But never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked."

Since the remaining pebble was black, it must be assumed that she had picked the white one. And since the money-lender couldn't admit his dishonesty, he grudgingly forgave the farmer's debt.

17 comments:

LondonBuki said...

Omo mbo! It's a lie! I like you jare...

Do you have Omoge L'oke L'oke????

Let me go and read the post!

LondonBuki said...

Expose the moneylender! The debt could be pardoned... you never know!

This is hard.

Boso said...

Tough one, but I'd go with expose the money lender as well.

chicala said...

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
did i just hear some shina peters, men havnt heard his songs in ages, that got me reminiscing men. i gats to hear it first then i'll read the post, ahn ahn nice one.

chicala said...

its rily hard, but i'l go with marrying the money lender, why? she wldnt want her father in jail and not picking any pebbles doesnt guarantee the debts being ignored either, so she can always escape or sth after marrying the rich man, abi. i no too like money oh , but then the 'rich man has money now so why not if not, lol.

temmy tayo said...

I will expose the money lender of cos. ''marry that thing''?

nah, men!

Niyi said...

I would recommend that the girl expose the moneylender

chidi said...

its a tricky question cos i would have recommended that the girl expose the money lender but if she does this, the guy would put more pressure on the family to get his money. So i think the only option is for the girl to keep shut and act like she saw nothing

Vera Ezimora said...

Hmmmm. The money lender obviously has their lives in his hands...so to say. I dunno what I would do. I would wanna xpose him...but @ what cost?

LondonBuki said...

Hinteresting... she is a SHARP gal!

azuka said...

Wise girl! The funny thing is that lots of people aren't that wise in real life... :-(

Biodun said...

Reminds me of tales by moon light stories, lol The moral of the story is ...., lol pls let me know

Jaycee said...

LOLLLLLLLL...I remember someone telling me this story...lolll...

Jaycee said...

Ooooohhhh Ms. D...I know u're the one that posted the naija jamz on the TERC bloggie...ur music selection ROCKS!!!

Favoured Girl said...

I was deliberating long and hard... then I saw the update! She's a very smart girl.

zioner said...

nice one diamond, i hope you had a great time in london. good to hear you at TERC today. ah ah, sister, u don't call to wake me anymoreeeeee...sob sob sob

UnNaked Soul said...

nice one! lol