Peaceful Valley

Posted: August 10, 2011 in Short Stories

A party of travelers in a stormy country decides to scale a high mountain to see whether the other side has a peaceful valley. Each man, in turn, tries to climb the peak, but, failing, supplies his pet theory for failure. One pessimistic hiker guesses that it is probably just as stormy on the other side. A scholar with lots of book-knowledge delivers a long and boring lecture, which says nothing. The third man lazily sit back and gullibly swallows anything the others says.

But a fourth traveler is practical. He has no use for mere theories. He wants to find out for himself. So he courageously climbs all the way to the top. His reward is the fact itself – there is a peaceful valley on the other side.

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