Ten Jugs of Wine
A Tale from Japan
Ten old men decided to celebrate the New Year with a big crock of hot sake wine. Since none of them could provide for all, they each agreed to bring one jug of wine for the large heating bowl. On the way to his wine cellar, each old man thought, “My wine is too valuable to share. No one will know. It’ll never show. It’ll still be fine. I’ll bring a jug of water instead of the wine.”
And so, when they gathered with the jugs they brought, all ten old men poured the contents of their jugs ceremoniously into the big bowl and then looked sheepishly at one another as they heated and poured hot water for all.