A man moved to a new town and needed a home. He asked his cousin, who lived in that town, to help him.
The man's cousin showed him a dilapidated house. "Here's a house! If it only had a roof, you'd find it very comfortable. And if it just had another room or two, it would be big enough for your whole family. And if you get a cat, the cat would get rid of the rats."
And so on.
"My dear cousin," said the man, "I cannot live in an if. I don't need ifs: I need a house!"
Inspired by: The English prose version of Rumi in Tales from the Masnavi by A. J. Arberry.
Notes: This is story 29 in the book.