Friday, April 1, 2011

K2.0 Doctor buying a donkey

As a Medical student and Doctor myself, I certainly respect well-educated people. “Knowledge is power”. No matter you are a college computer science professor or a farmer who owns 100 acres of crop field, knowledge is critically important to your work and everyday life.  However, having a high degree does not equally mean one is good at everything, and sometimes, knowing too much can make a simple thing unnecessarily complicated, especially when one wants to show off his knowledge in a wrong scenario.  Here is a good chinese story told i just came up.

There was once a pedantic scholar who thinks himself as highly educated number one knowledge person in the whole world.  Some people believed him, they called him “Doctor.”
One day, Dr. went to the bazaar to buy a donkey. After payment, Dr. asked the donkey seller for a contract.  But the seller was illiterate, he asked Dr. to write one instead. Dr. thought that’s a good chance to show off his knowledge, and agreed.
In a while, Dr. finished one whole page, the seller thought the contract were done, thanked: “Good, thank you so much, just give me the contract, the donkey is yours!”
However, Dr. tightly hold the paper and came up with two more pages, still busy writing: “Take it easy, I just finished one page, haven’t come to the part about your donkey yet! ” The seller had to wait aside patiently. After a long time, Dr. finally finished three pages, all full of words. He put the pen down and read his own written contract loudly and enjoyed himself.  As reading finished, Dr. asked the seller proudly: “How do you think? What a great essay you never heard before!”
The seller did not agree, replied contemptuously: “How could you write a three-page-contract, without even mentioning one ‘donkey’ word at all? In fact, what you need to do is to record  the date, I sold a donkey to you, and how much money you paid.  Don’t you think so?”
People laughed at Dr.. Dr. felt disappointed and embarrassed.  He walked away crestfallen with his donkey.

Moral of the Story : You ask him a word, he answers hundreds of sentence; You ask him for a summary, but he can not tell.  This story tells us: Use your knowledge in the right place.


Neneng Tarigan said...

This is a very true and insightful story depicting human behavior. This is really a worth reading tale and a good advice to everyone.

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