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Text: The Rich Man and the Stone

Many years ago, there lived a rich man who wished to do something for the people at his village. First however, he wanted to find out whether they deserved his help. In the center of the main road into the village, he placed a very large stone.

Then he hid nearby and waited to see what would happen. Soon an old farmer passed with his cow.
‘’What fool put this big stone right in the center of the road?’ said the farmer. However, he made no effort to remove the stone. Instead, with some difficulty he passed around the stone and continued on his way. Another man came along, and the same thing happened; then another came, and another, etc.

All of them complained about the stone in the center of the road, but neither of them spent time or took trouble to remove it. Towards evening, a young man came along. He was honest and hard working. He saw the stone and said to himself, “The night will be dark. Some stranger or a neighbour will come along in the dark, stumble on the stone, and perhaps hurt himself.”

The young man began to remove the stone. He pushed and pulled with all his strength, and moved it to one side. But imagine his surprise when under the stone, he found a bag full of money and this message: This money is for the thoughtful person who removes this stone from the road. That person deserves help!”

The End.

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