Have you guys ever heard of the term ‘lateral thinking’? Oh…alright. Am I the only one who hasn’t?
Here’s a story for those who have:
There was once a man who went to a great lawyer of his time who also dabbled in philosophy. He wanted to learn the law but had nothing to pay the guy with. Looking at the brilliance of the student, the lawyer offered to teach him if and only if he would repay him after he won his first case. The student agreed.
Years passed and he excelled at his studies. After finishing, he went on to open a business and ventures of a varying nature, never, at any time, going near the court of law. The philosopher/lawyer/teacher saw his student flourishing and went to ask for his dues, which, by now, the former student could well afford. The student simply thrust the agreement in his face stating that he was under no obligation to pay him till he ‘won his first case.’ He hadn’t.
The teacher thought…and thought…and thought. Finally, he told the student, ‘I am going to challenge you in court for the dues outstanding. If I win the case, you’ll have to pay me by virtue of the Order of the Court. If I lose…you WIN and you have to honor our agreement by giving me the money when you win the case. So, now, you better pay up. I end up getting the money either ways.’
Here’s where lateral logic jumped in. The student calmly replied, ‘No, I would not have to pay you either ways. Because if you win, I lose and by virtue of the agreement we signed, I do not have to pay you. And if I WIN the case in Court that means the Government decided that I do not have to pay you. So, I will not pay you either ways.’