Story No. 78 – The selfish man
Once upon a time, there was a selfish man. He liked everything to be
his own. He could not share his belongings with anyone, not even his
friends or the poor.
One day, the man lost thirty gold coins. He went to his friend’s house
and told him how he lost his gold coins. His friend was a kind man.
As his friend’s daughter was coming from an errand she found thirty gold coins, when she arrived
home, she told her father what she had found. The girl’s father told her that the gold coins belong
to his friend and he sent for him. When the selfish man arrived, he told him how his daughter had
found his thirty gold coins and handed then to him. After counting the gold coins the man said that
ten of them was missing and had been taken by the girl as he had forty gold coins. He further
commented that he will recover the remaining amount from him. But the girl’s father refused.
The man left the gold coins and went to the court and informed the judge there about what had
taken place between him and the girl’s father.
The judge sent for the girl and her father, and when they arrived asked the girl how many gold
coins did she find. She replied thirty gold coins. The Judge that asked the selfish man how many
gold coins did he lose and he answered forty gold coins.
The judge then told the man that the gold coins did not belong to him because the girl found thirty
and not forty as he claimed to have lost and then told the girl to take the gold coins and that if any-
body is looking for them he will send for the girl.
The judge told the man that if anybody reports that they have found forty gold coins he will send
for him. It was then that the man confessed that he lied and that he lost thirty gold coins but the
judge did not listen to him.
This story teaches us to be always honest as dishonest never pays.