Lesson 11
Once there was an emperor in the Far East who was growing old and knew it was time to choose his successor. Instead of choosing one of his assistants or one of his own children, he decided to do something different.
He called all the young boys in the empire together one day. He said, "The time has come for me to step down and to choose the next emperor. I have decided to choose one of you."
"I am going to give each one of you a seed today. One seed. It is a very special seed. I want you to go home, plant the seed, give water to it and come back here one year later. Bring what you have grown from this one seed. I will then judge you according to the plants that you bring to me, and the one I choose will be the next emperor."
A boy named Ling got a seed, but his seed did not grow. One year later, he took his empty flower pot to the emperor. When Ling arrived at the palace, he was amazed at the many plants grown by all the other boys. They were all beautiful. Ling put his empty pot on the floor and many of the other kids laughed at him.
When the emperor arrived, he looked at all the beautiful flowers and plants that the young people had brought him. At last he came to Ling, and stood beside his empty pot. Ling was terrified and waited silently. The emperor said, "One year ago today, I gave everyone here a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, give water to it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave all of you boiled seeds which would not grow. All of you have brought me trees and plants and flowers. When you found that the seed would not grow, you put another seed in your pots. Only Ling brought man empty pot. Ling was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my real seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new emperor!"


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