Tool of Influence
We are lonesome animals. We spend all of our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say -- and to feel-- "Yes, that is the way it is, or at least that is the way I feel it. You're not as alone as you thought."
Long ago, a monk, devoted to the search for meaning and understanding, sought a teacher who could help him discover the great truths of the truly wise. When he heard about a guru who lived in the next country, he set out to find him. He walked for days, weeks, and then months, until finally, across a clearing, he saw a tiny hut. As he got closer he could see the door was open. After waiting a very long time he decided to venture in. Inside was a small table