Story of a Pessimistic Russian

Posted: December 22, 2010 in Short Stories
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A man who wished to test the intelligence of religious believers, so he began to practice asceticism and to utter ersatz profundities. He quickly attracted thousands of disciples to whom he preached his made-up doctrines. They proclaimed him a saint. Then one day, to show his followers how easily they’d been duped, he announced that all he had taught them was nonsense. Unable to live without their belief, they stoned him to death and went right on believing.

  1. Daniel says:

    Maybe he should have taught them to throw daisies when they didn’t like something. Clearly an error on his part.

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