An old man sat outside the town gate.
A stranger arrived. "What's this town like? My hometown was full of thieves and liars. I need a new home."
"Thieves and liars here too," said the old man.
The stranger began to walk away.
Another stranger approached. "I'm looking for work. Is this a good town? In my hometown people are good and kind."
"Good and kind here too," said the old man.
The first stranger protested. "You really are a liar!"
"I speak the truth," the old man explained. "Wherever you go, you'll find people are just what you are."
Inspired by: The Little Book of Sufi Parables by Nico Neruda
Notes: This is story 13 in the book.