Nasruddin and his friends were sitting in the coffeehouse, getting into arguments as usual.
"Fish are truly remarkable animals," Nasruddin opined. "Nobody really respects fish, but they deserve our respect. Talented, intelligent, well-behaved. In fact, there's nothing a person can do that a fish can't do better!"
"That's ridiculous!" protested one of Nasruddin's friends. "Fish can't talk better than people do. Fish can't even talk at all. I've seen hundreds of fish, thousands of fish, but not a single talking fish, and that's because fish can't talk."
"And when you are under the water," Nasruddin replied, "you can't talk either!"
Inspired by: Mulla's Donkey and Other Friends by Mehdi Nakosteen
Notes: This story is on p. 16 of the book.