What You Need (Humor)


Mullah Nasruddin used to stand in the street on market days, to be pointed out as an idiot. No matter how often people offered him a large and a small coin, he always chose the smaller piece.

One day a kindly man said to him, “Nasruddin, you should take the bigger coin. Then you will have more money and people will no longer be able to make a laughing stock of you.”
“That may be true,” said Nasruddin, “but if I always take the larger, people will stop offering me money to prove that I am more idiotic than they are. Then I would have no money at all.”

Another day, as Nasruddin emerged from the mosque after prayers, a beggar sitting on the street solicited alms. The following conversation followed. “Are you extravagant?” asked Nasruddin.
“Yes, Nasruddin,” replied the beggar.
“Do you like sitting around drinking coffee and smoking?” asked Nasruddin.
“Yes,” replied the beggar.
“I suppose you like to go to the baths everyday?” asked Nasruddin.
“Yes,” replied the beggar.
“And maybe amuse yourself, even, by drinking with friends?” asked Nasruddin.
“Yes, I like all those things,” replied the beggar.
“Tut, tut,” said Nasruddin, and gave him a gold piece.

A few yards farther on, another beggar who had overheard the conversation begged for alms also.
“Are you extravagant?” asked Nasruddin.
“No, Nasruddin,” replied second beggar.
“Do you like sitting around drinking coffee and smoking?” asked Nasruddin.
“No,” replied second beggar.
“I suppose you like to go to the baths everyday?” asked Nasruddin.
“No,” replied the second beggar.
“And maybe amuse yourself, even, by drinking with friends?” asked Nasruddin.
“No, I want to only live meagerly and to pray,” replied the second beggar. Whereupon the Nasruddin gave him a small copper coin.
“But why,” wailed the second beggar, “do you give me, an economical and pious man, a penny, when you give that extravagant fellow a sovereign?”
“Ah, my friend,” replied Nasruddin, “his needs are greater than yours.

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