I was reminded of the well-known story of Alexander the Great and the Dervish who refused to prostrate himself as the King of Kings went by. Alexander sent for him and asked why he had failed to show respect. He answered:

“I TOO AM A KING OF KINGS”

“Then where is your army? There is no king without an army.”

“I HAVE NO ENEMIES AND I NEED NO ARMY.”

“Then where is your treasury? Every king has a treasury.”

“I HAVE NO WANTS, SO I NEED NO TREASURY.”

This story shoes in an exaggerated opposition the two aspects of freedom: the freedom of having everything, and the freedom of wanting nothing.

— J.G. Bennett, from Gentry Magazine Number Eight, Fall 1953 (via Ben Pieratt)

Chad Mazzola
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