On love (3)

by Patrick O'Brien

Heaven and Hell:

A young man wanted to know the difference between Heaven and Hell. The sage led him to two rooms, one labelled Heaven and one Hell. Looking in at Hell he saw a banquet table filled with luscious food but the people at the table were emaciated and distressed. Their spoons had long handles to reach the food, but the handles were too long to bring the food to their mouths. Then he looked in on Heaven. Same table full of luscious food. Same long spoons. But the people were healthy and happy and using their long-handled spoons to feed one another . . .

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