From  The Subtleties of the Inimitable
Mulla Nasrudin
by Idries Shah


TWO HALVES

Nasrudin opened a lecture agency. He knew so many people who felt that they had something interesting to say. Why not become their agent?

The ones who felt that they were interesting, however, were not usually interesting people. He got many complaints.

'Next time I shall make sure,' he said.

One day a telegram arrived from a study society:

  PLEASE SUPPLY A WIT TO 
  ADDRESS OUR GROUP ON SUNDAY. 

'This time I can make sure,' said the Mulla. He sent two of his lecturers, and replied by telegram:

  WITS DIFFICULT TO FIND SO HAVE 
  SENT TWO HALF-WITS INSTEAD. 

Moral: The sum of the parts is not necessarily equal to the whole.


[Reload for another story.]

©Octagon Press, 1972 (ISHK Bookservice).

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