Modern Fable

About a hundred years ago, a man looked at the morning newspaper and to his surprise and horror, read his name in the obituary column. The newspapers had reported the death of the wrong person by mistake. His first response was shock. Am I here or there? When he regained his composure, his second thought was to find out what people had said about him. The obituary read, ‘Dynamite King Dies.’ And also ’He was the merchant of death.’ This man was the inventor of dynamite and when he read the words ‘merchant of death,’ he asked himself a question, ‘Is this how I am going to be remembered?’ He got in touch with his feelings and decided that this was not the way he wanted to be remembered.

From that day on, he started working toward peace. His name was Alfred Nobel and he is remembered today by the great Nobel Prize.

Wiseland: When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life in such a way that when you die the world cries and you rejoice.

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