I love parables, fables and little stories that are seemingly kiddish but hold in their realm a wealth of knowledge and understanding about human life. Human relationships are so complex that it is almost always impossible to decipher what people really want. There is a beautiful anecdote that cleverly illustrates this point. Mulla Nasreddin was a wise man and a populist philosopher known for his unparalleled wisdom, wit and intelligence. He was born in Hortu Village in Sivrihisar, Eskişehir Province, present-day Turkey and died in 13th century in Akşehir, near Konya, a capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, in today's Turkey.
Mulla Nasreddin met his friend in the street one day and started talking about his love life. “I thought I had found the perfect woman,” Mulla said. “She was beautiful and had the most pleasing features a man could imagine. She was exceptional in every way, except she had no knowledge.”
“So I traveled farther and met a woman who was both beautiful and intelligent. But, alas, we couldn’t communicate.”
“After further travels, I met a lady who had everything: perfect mind, perfect intelligence, and great beauty, all the features I was looking for, but...”
“What happened?” asked the friend. “Why didn’t you marry her at once?”
“Ah well,” said Mulla, “as luck would have it, she was looking for the perfect man.”
(Mulla Nasreddin always makes me smile, no matter what 😊 )