~ 183. Nasruddin's Qualifications ~
"You're going to be my new judge!" Tamerlane said to Nasruddin, but Nasruddin didn't want the job.
"O Emperor," Nasruddin said apologetically, "I'm not worthy of this honor."
"What do you mean you're not worthy?" exclaimed Tamerlane.
"Well, a judge must be worthy and also truthful," said Nasruddin, "isn't that correct?"
"Yes," said Tamerlane, "that's correct."
"As I already said: I'm not worthy. If I spoke the truth, that disqualifies me: I'm not worthy. If I'm lying and I really am worthy, then I'm disqualified because I'm a liar. Either way," Nasruddin concluded, "I'm not qualified to be your judge."
Inspired by: The World of Nasrudin by Idries Shah, free to read online at the Idries Shah Foundation.
Notes: This is story #126 in the book.