A camel trader is walking across the Sahara Desert. The party pitches a tent for the night. And the slaves drive pegs into the ground and tie the camels to the pegs. Then they come in to say to the master, “There are only nineteen pegs and we’ve got twenty camels. How do we tie the twentieth camel?”
And the master said, “These camels are stupid animals. just go through the motions of tying the camel and he’ll stay put all night,” which is what they did, and the camel stood there, convincing everybody. And the next morning they lifted the tent and continued on their journey, the slaves came to complain that all the camels were following except this one. This one refused to budge. And the master said, “You forgot to untie him.”
They said, “Oh, yes,” so they went through the motions of untying him.
PONDER AND CONSIDER
This is an image of the human condition. We’re scared about things that are not. We’re tied to things that don’t exist. They’re illusions. They’re falsehoods. They’re beliefs; they’re not realities.