The mathematical problem = no sheep left

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Osho states, “Democracy basically is mobocracy. There is a tendency in the mob to follow others. Somebody raises his hand, the others follow. The mob are like sheep.”

Sheep

Democracy basically is mobocracy. It cannot be otherwise. You have to ask the fools who is right, what is right, and there is a tendency in the mob to follow others. The mob has no standpoint of its own. It is a chaos. Somebody raises his hand, the others follow. The mob are like sheep.

One teacher was asking a small boy – because the boy was the son of a shepherd – he asked, ”You have ten sheep. Five jump out of the fence, how many are left behind?”

The boy said, ”None.”

The teacher said, ”What! You can’t even figure it out? Five have jumped out, and there were ten in the beginning, so how many are left?”

The boy said again, ”None.”

The teacher was at a loss. He said, ”Then you can’t figure it out?”

The child said, ”You may know figures, but I know sheep. None is left. Even if one jumps out, that will be enough; the other nine will follow.”

Osho, Just Like That – Talks on Sufi stories, Ch 4 (excerpt)


Series compiled by Shanti
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