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This is the story of the wise hermit who was invited to address the village and impart wisdom to its occupants. He laboriously made his way down the mountain and surveyed the gathering, saying "Do you know what I am here to tell you about?" The bewildered villagers answered with a ragged "Nooo." His countenance clouded. "Fools!" he shouted, and went back up the mountain. The villagers, feeling that they had perhaps missed the point, discussed the matter and pursued him to his cave and inveigled him into returning the next day. When he again asked, "Do you know what I am here to tell you about?", they were ready for him, and chorused "Yes!" He said "Good!" and went home humming. The villagers, still feeling that they were not getting good value for their yearning, pursued once again. Prevailing upon his normally good nature, they convinced him to return a final time. As he surveyed the crowd for the third time, he saw the villagers sitting up straight, their eyes shining with the triumph of students who had learned a lesson well. When he posed his question, a spokesman for the group stood and said with pride, "Some of us do, and some of us don't." With his own eyes glinting, the bearded one said "Then the ones that do can tell the ones that don't," and went back up the mountain.

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