"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.