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2 A Story about two pebbles with photos of China!

3 The difference between logical thoughts and lateral thoughts.

4 There was once in a small village a farmer who owed an large sum of money due to be repaid to a very ugly old man.

5 If the money was not repaid, the law said the farmer would have to go to debtors jail.

6 After a terrible farming season, the father did not have the funds to pay his debt.

7 However, the farmer had a very pretty daughter that the old lender was sweet on, so the lender proposed a deal:

8 He said he would cancel the debt if he could marry the farmers daughter

9 .Both the farmer and his daughter were horrified about this proposition

10 Seeing this, the old lender suggested chance should determine the outcome of his proposition...

11 He told them he would put two pebbles … one black and one white… in an empty money bag,

12 The daughter would then pick one, without looking …

13 1) If she picks a black one, she must marry me And the debt to her father is eliminated…..

14 2) If she picks the white pebble, she doesnt have to marry me but the debt will still be cancelled.

15 3) If she refuses to pick a pebble, her father will go to debtors prison…

16 While speaking, the old lender leaned forward and picked up two pebbles.

17 As he was picking them up, the daughter who had a sharp eye…

18 noticed he had picked up two black pebbles and put them in the money bag

19 But, she said nothing.

20 The old lender asked the daughter to pick a pebble out of the bag

21 This discussion was taking place on the road in front of the farmers house and the road was paved with pebbles

22 Imagine for an instant what you would have done.

23 What would you have suggested the daughter to do?

24 There are 3 possibilities :

25 1) The daughter refuses to pick a pebble

26 2) The daughter picks out both pebbles revealing the old lender cheated

27 3) The daughter picks out a black pebble and sacrifices herself by marrying the old « coot » and saves her father from emprisonment

28 Take a moment to reflect on this situation

29 What should she do…?

30 This story means to illustrate a point…..

31 The difference between logical thought and so called lateralthought.

32 The daughters dilemma cannot be resolved in an equitable manner using traditional logic


34 Think of the consequences of each of the three possible options.


36 Here is what the young woman did :




40 She plunged her hand in the bag picked a pebble and, clumsily dropped it on the ground

41 Before it could be determined whether it was black or white, it mixed with other pebbles on the ground

42 Ah ! Sorry!... I sure am clumsy, said the young woman.

43 But no matter; if I remove the other pebble from the bag ….

44 we will know which pebble I had picked first, dont you think?

45 Since the second pebble was black,

46 The first one had to have been white…!

47 . The old lender didnt dare announce his cheating, ….

48 The young woman transformed a seemingly impossible situation

49 Into a very advantageous ending !



52 Moral of the story:

53 A solution exists for most problems

54 Its just that we dont always know how to examine all of the angles of the situation







61 END M ay your 2011 be full of positive thoughts and wise decisions!

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