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Love and Marriage
One day, Plato asked his teacher, "What
is love? How can I find it?"
His teacher answered, "There is a vast wheat
field in front. Walk forward without turning back,
and pick only one stalk. If you find the most magnificent
stalk, then you have found love."
Plato walked forward, and before long, he returned with empty
hands, having picked nothing.
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His teacher asked, "Why did you not pick any
Plato answered, "Because I could only pick once,
and yet I could not turn back. I did find the most
magnificent stalk, but did not know if there were
any better ones ahead, so I did not pick it. As I
walked further, the stalks that I saw were not as
good as the earlier one, so I did not pick any in
His teacher then said, "And that is love."
On another day, Plato asked his teacher, "What
is marriage? How can I find it?"
His teacher answered, "There is a thriving forest
in front. Walk forward without turning back, and chop
down only one tree. If you find the tallest tree,
then you have found marriage."
Plato walked forward, and before long, he returned with a tree.
The tree was not thriving, and it was not tall either. It was
only an ordinary tree.
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His teacher asked, "Why did you chop down such an ordinary
Plato answered, "Because of my previous experience. I had
walked through the field, but returned with empty hands. This
time, I saw this tree, and I felt that it was not bad, so I chopped
it down and brought it back. I did not want to miss the opportunity."
His teacher then said, "And that is marriage. You see son,
love is the most beautiful thing to happen to a person, it's an
opportunity but you don't realize it's worth when you have it
but only when it's gone like the field of stalks. Marriage is
like the tree you chopped, it's a compromise."
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