The Stone Soup

A short story about unity.

Alier Ëë Reng https://www.alierwaaireng.com/
11-04-2013

Once upon a time, there existed an affluent city called “Nge Ne Rot” and as its name suggests, its residents were very rich beyond description. Consequently, they decided not to cooperate with each other at all since they were all well-off. So, they dwelled and dwelled in a great disunity with each and everyone of them doing his/her own things alone.

But one day, a guest (probably an angel) who had seen the necessity of uniting the members of that city, took a stone, a cooking pan and some water; and went to “Nge Ne Rot” city. After arriving at the city’s center, he set up his cooking space. He then put the pan on the fire, poured in the water and added in the stone. No sooner had the water reached the boiling point, the residents of the city started to come in one by one to witness what the guest was doing.

1st Resident: “What are you doing?”

The Guest: “I am cooking a stone; but unfortunately, I have nothing to eat its soup with!”

1st Resident: “I have a goat meat! I will go and bring it.”

The Guest: “Great! Thank you!”

The first resident went back to his house, brought the goat meat, gave it to the guest and sat down next to him to watch what was transpiring. The guest then added the meat to the boiling water and then they both waited as it cooked.

2nd Resident: “What are you doing?”

The Guest: “I am cooking a stone; but unfortunately, I have nothing to eat its soup with!”

2nd Resident: “I have a chicken; I will go and kill it and bring it to you.”

The Guest: “Great! Thank you!”

The second resident went back to his house, brought the chicken, gave it to the guest and sat down next to them to watch what was transpiring. The guest then added the chicken to the boiling water and then they all waited as it cooked.

And all the city’s residents continued in that fashion until the last resident who brought the cornflour which the guest added to the mixture and let it cooked as they all waited. When the food was ready, the guest invited the residents to join him in eating the delicious food. Consequently, the residents readily accepted the offer and they began to eat the food hungrily. But in the meantime the guest vanished without a trace. Nevertheless, after engorging themselves with the saliva-inducing food, the residents looked around wanting to thank the guest but he was nowhere to be found. Ultimately the residents being pleased with the idea of sharing, resolved to remain united and to continue eating together for the rest of their lives.

P.S. This story was first narrated by Bishop Ezekiel Diing Malaangdit during the Greater Bor’s 2013 Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.

Citation

For attribution, please cite this work as

Reng (2013, Nov. 4). Reng Data Science Institute: The Stone Soup. Retrieved from https://www.rengdatascience.io/posts/2019-01-03-the-stone-soup/

BibTeX citation

@misc{reng2013the,
  author = {Reng, Alier Ëë},
  title = {Reng Data Science Institute: The Stone Soup},
  url = {https://www.rengdatascience.io/posts/2019-01-03-the-stone-soup/},
  year = {2013}
}