Saturday, April 18, 2009


There was once an old wise man who live on top of a mountain. (I don’t know why the wise men always like to stay on top of mountains.) Whenever the villagers had a problem, they would climb up the mountain and ask the old man for advice.

One day a young man decided to climb up and ask the old man a question.

“Wise man,” he asked, “What makes a man truly great?”

The old man looked at him and said, “Do you sincerely want to know?”
“Yes, yes!” the young man replied the wise man.

“Well,” the wise old man said to him, “Let me tell you in the form of a story”

There was once a Greek man who suffered from a deadly disease. Knowing that he will die soon, he was the first to join the army when his country was in a battle with the enemy. Hoping to die in battle, he would fight in the front line, exposing himself without any worry for his life. Eventually they won the battle and he was still alive. His general was so impressed with his bravery which contributed much to the victory.

The general decided to promote him and award him with medals of bravery and honor. On the day of presentation, he was looking very down and sad. Curiously, the general asked him the reason why and was told of his deadly disease. “How could I let such a brave soldier die?”, the general thought. So the general hired the best physician and finally cured the soldier. But from that day onwards, the once valiant soldier was no longer seen at the front. He would always avoid danger and tries his best to avoid danger and protect his life.

“Young man”, he wise man said, “if you want to be truly great, you must not be scared of dying, you must be daring.”

- Author Unknown-


Joseph M. Fasciana said...

A good story complemented by a sobering end, "to dare or to die".

Do you know the reason that wise men always live on a mountain top? They are just to old to climb down.



masterwordsmith said...

Hi Joseph,

Alas, in modern society, many lack wisdom because they choose not to hear or to feel and only desire money, status and power.

I love such stories and share these to solicit positive responses from readers such as in yours.

I truly appreciate that despite your busy schedule and commitments, you visit my blog and take the time and make the effort to share your thoughts with us.

Thanks for blessing us this way.

Take care and cheers,

Joseph M. Fasciana said...

I do so because I enjoy your blog, and it reminds me that there are other issues involving the resolutions that men and women all over the world have not come to terms with.

As you know I mostly blog cynical. So this positive blog of yours is a welcome respite in my minds eye.



masterwordsmith said...

Dear Joseph,

Thanks so much for your validating comment which truly means a lot to me.

I hear where you are coming from and am amazed that even though we come from different continents, we are facing similar challenges in our motherland.

Take care and have a blessed weekend.