Parable: The Noble Kingdom of Hodja

Hodja, deep in thought, was walking down a road near the palace when he bumped into a man.

The man got very angry and began shouting at Hodja.

“Do you know who I am!”, he screamed. “I am the king’s advisor in his court!”

“That is nice”, said Hodja. “As for me I am King,” he added.

“A King?” asked the man. “Over which country do you rule?”

“I rule over myself,” replied Hodja.

“I am the master of my passions. You would never find me losing my temper as you just did.”

The man apologized for his behaviour, and walked away feeling ashamed of himself.


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