Along time ago there lived a wise Sultan who had a kind
and loved his subjects dearly whosoever they were. The Sultan had an
astrologer as a chief advisor who like him was wise and just. A day went by
when the chief adviser read in the patterns of the stars that it would rain
fools water, that so whoever drank from this water would become a
fool. All the people in the land he reasoned would become fools as a
result of drinking of this water and would lose their reasoning not
being able to tell truth from false hoods, justice from injustice.
When the Sultan realized this he ordered his advisor
to collect as much water as possible and store it for safe keeping.
The Sultan would be
able to rule with the help of the adviser with justice and wisdom, as they
would use the stored water to drink from preventing them from making
unwise actions that would otherwise occur from having drank the
Then the day came when water poured from the sky and indeed
it was "fools" water whosoever drank from it became a babbling
fool not knowing right from wrong. The Sultan and his advisor on
the other hand drank from the water they had preserved leaving them with
the reasoning they had before. However, all had changed in the
kingdom, quickly the people
began to hate the wise Sultan for now his wise actions seemed
unreasonable and full of errors to his foolish people. So much did he lose favor
with his people that he
began to fear that he would lose his throne.
The sultan then thought, "What can I do where I will
know I am just and still make the people happy?" He still being
wise realized that he and his advisor must drink from the fools water.
By drinking from the fools water his actions would be that of a fools and would appear wise to
his people. The Sultan and the advisor than drank from the "fools"
water turning themselves into fools. The people in the kingdom grew happy
once again with their ruler as he had become a fool like them, and
they praised him for the new wisdom they believed he had found.
Origin: Story brought over by the Greeks of Asia Minor: