Birbal the Philosopher

The emperor was feeling philosophical one evening after dinner. "Why doesn't God just put a stop to evil?" he asked Birbal. "When I want something stop, I order that it be stopped. And God is more powerful than I am."
"But that is not how God created us," replied Birbal. "None of us is perfect. We are all a mix of good and evil, every single one of us."
The emperor nodded thoughtfully. "I suppose you're right."
"So," Birbal concluded, "if God were to get rid of evil, he'd have to get rid of both you and of me too."


Inspired byA Caravan from Hindustan: The Complete Birbal Tales by James Moseley
Notes: This story is titled "Ending Evil" in the book.


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