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  1. Cheeniya

    Cheeniya Super Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    A nice story

    Thinking Out Of The Box

    Many years ago in a small Italian town, a Merchant had the misfortune of owing a large sum of Money to the Moneylender.

    The moneylender, who was Old and Ugly, fancied the merchant’s Beautiful Daughter so he proposed a bargain.

    He said he would forgo the merchant’s debt if he could marry the daughter. Both the merchant and his daughter were horrified by the proposal.

    The moneylender told them that he would put a black pebble and a white pebble into an empty bag. The girl would then have to pick one pebble from the bag.

    If she picked the black pebble, she would become the moneylender’s 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 forgiven.

    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 merchant’s garden.

    As they talked, the moneylender bent over to pick up two pebbles.

    As he picked them up, the sharp-eyed girl noticed that he had picked up two black pebbles and put them into the bag.

    He then asked the girl to pick her pebble from the bag.

    Question for you:

    What would you have done if you were the girl?

    Careful analysis would produce three possibilities:

    1. The girl should refuse to take a pebble.

    2. The girl should show that there were two black pebbles in the bag and expose the moneylender as a cheat.

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

    The above story is used with the hope that it will make us appreciate the difference between lateral and logical thinking.

    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 is black, it must be assumed that she had picked the white one.

    And since the moneylender dared not admit his dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an Impossible situation into an Advantageous one.

    Moral Of The Story:

    Most Complex problems do have a Solution, sometimes we have to think about them in a Different way.
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  2. Mistt

    Mistt IL Hall of Fame

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    Wow!Indeed Very good story and I try to remember moral of the story. Thank you uncle for sharing with us.
  3. jayasala42

    jayasala42 IL Hall of Fame

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    The above story is used with the hope that it will make us appreciate the difference between lateral and logical thinking.
    The story is very popular in all the house holds and mothers used to tell the story to girl children to make them smart enough to deal with situations in their husbands' place.

    In Panchathantra and mythology stories this aspect is clearly dealt with.Hanuman is a typical example of lateral thinking demonstrated
    by his skill in burning Lanka with the help of fire in his tail.

    Jayasala 42
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