A king visited a prison in his kingdom and talked with the prisoners. Each one insisted on his innocence except for one man who confessed to a theft.
“Throw this rascal out of the prison!” cried the king, “He will corrupt the innocents!”
Source: An old Hasidic story retold my
Louis Newman in The Hasidic Anthology (Schocken Books, 1963)
It is a simple story which looks at our willingness to see the wrong in others and condemn them and yet be blind to our sins. The prayer comes to mind ‘Give me the grace creator God to see myself as others see me’.
Being set free starts by admitting that we are not as innocent as we would like to believe!