Friday, October 3, 2008
The People in the Next Town
An old farmer was hoeing in his field, when a traveller came along.
The traveller asked the farmer, "What sort of people live in the next town?"
To this the farmer replied with a question, "What sort of people live where you've come from?"
"Bad. Lazy, good-for-nothing louts. Selfish and untrustwothy - every single one of them. I'm glad I left them and moved away."
"Hmm," replied the old farmer. "I'm afraid you'll find people in the next town to be of the same sort."
This disappointed the traveller, who went on his way.
After some time another traveller called out to the farmer, asking, "What sort of people live in the next town?"
"What sort of people live where you've come from?" asked the farmer.
"The best. Hard working, honest, and friendly. I'm really sad I had to leave them."
"Don't worry," said the farmer. "You'll find the same sort in the next town."
A North American Tale