Saturday, January 31, 2009

Story: You are Mad?

A powerful wizard, who wanted to destroy an entire kingdom, placed a magic potion in the well from which all the inhabitants drank. Whoever drank that water would go mad.

The following morning, the whole population drank from the well and they all went mad, apart from the king and his family, who had a well set aside for them alone, which the magician had not managed to poison.

The king was worried and tried to control the population by issuing a series of edicts governing security and public health. The policemen and the inspectors, however, had also drunk the poisoned water, and they thought the king's decisions were basurd and resolved to take no notice of them.

When the inhabitants of the kingdom heard these decrees, they became convinced that the king had gone mad and was now giving nonsensical orders. They marched on the castle and called for his abdication.

In despair, the king prepared to step down from the throne, but the queen stopped him, saying: "Let us go and drink from the communal well. Then we will be the same as them."

Ant that was what they did. The king and the queen drank from the water of madness and immediately began talking nonsense. Their subjects repented at once; now that the king was displaying such wisdom, why not allow him to continue ruling the country?

The country continued to live in peace, although its inhabitants behaved very differently from those of its neighbors.

And the king was able to govern until the end of his days.

Extracted from the book, "Veronika Decides to Die" by Paulo Coelho


Moral of the story:

Let's join the madness of the system and become one of them; otherwise we will be classified as mad. Corruption? What corruption? Where got corruption? Only mad people believed there is corruption. Money politics? What money politic? Of course, money is needed in politics - bus fare, hotel bills, petrol and dinner; someone has to pay, and that someone must have money. Even mad people need money.




Very funny indeed....

After reading first three paragraph, I can see the write up is about Malaysia and the Benggap Lah Monkeys, from Babboons to Toyols.

Anyway, very funny indeed.... well presented!

bayi said...

If you can't beat them, join them?

Maverick SM said...


The story is not about Malaysia; though it sounds like it, looks like it, and maybe similar to it.


Ya, Ya!!!

moo_t said...

Paulo Coelho know nothing about the history when writing the story.

If you want to see what is madness, just read the history of China cultural revolution.

Maverick SM said...


This is a story from a novel and I added the fictional lines. Just treat it as fiction, okay...

June.W said...

MMM...i think i believe u MAv, though it's sound like it, but i'm sure its not talking about Malaysia...LOL

Maverick SM said...

June W,

You probably draw a nice analogy.