Fairy Tale

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    Many years ago in a small Indian village,

    A farmer had the misfortune Of owing a large sum of money to a village

    The Moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the farmer's beautiful
    Daughter. So he proposed a bargain.

    He said he would forgo the farmer's debt if he could marry his
    Daughter. Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified by the Proposal.

    So the cunning money-lender 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. Then the girl would Have to pick one pebble from the

    1) If she picked the black pebble, she would become his wife and her
    father's debt would be forgiven.

    2) If she picked the white pebble she need not marry him and her
    father's debt would still be forgiven.

    3) But if she refuesed 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. 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 A pebble from the bag.

    Now, imagine that you were standing in the field. What would you have
    Done if you were the girl? If you had to advise her, what would you Have
    told her?

    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 money-lender 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.

    Take a moment to ponder over the story. The above story is used with
    The hope that it will make us appreciate the difference between lateral And
    logical thinking.

    The girl's dilemma cannot be solved with Traditional logical thinking.
    Think of the consequences if she chooses

    The above logical answers.

    What would you recommend to the Girl to do?

    Well, here is what she 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

    Since the remaining pebble is black, it must be assumed that she had
    Picked the white one. And since the money-lender dared not admit his
    Dishonesty, the girl changed what seemed an impossible situation into An
    extremely advantageous one.


    Most complex problems do have a solution. It is only that we don't
    Attempt to think.</pre>

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