It is difficult to know what is right in all cases. - M.B., I.210.29

The Interference


The weekly market held at Asotra attracted many a small sellers from the nearby villages. Two such sellers from a village named Akoli, collided at a camel shop where both of them presented themselves, to rent a camel in order to transport goods to the market at Asotra.

None of them boasted plethora excluding of deficiency and they, thus, customarily, decided to share a camel, thereby, reducing the rent to half.

One was a maize seller and another traded cotton. They fastened their bags on camel - maize on right and cotton on left, and commenced the four hours journey. Both the sellers were on foot and walked beside the camel. After one hour of journey, the camel, apparently hungry, turned back its long neck to take a mouthful from the maize's bag. The cotton seller saw this while the maize seller did not as he was on the other side.

But despite the fact that the cotton seller saw it, he took no action to prevent it because 'it did no harm to him' or so he thought.
How wrong he was!

Evidently, the camel did not stop after the first mouthful and continued reveling the treasure on its back, all the while, unbeknownst to the maize seller. The cotton seller, demoed non-interference, as earlier.

'Doesn't hurt me! Why should I interfere in the cosmos' plan to feed this animal?' The cotton seller thought.

However, this continuous voidance from maize bag made the cotton bag to hung down, due to the unequalness of weight, quite close to the ground. The maize seller saw this but couldn't had cared less.

On, exactly, third hour of the journey, they faced a shallow river which was to be crossed to reach to the market of Asotra. The cotton bag, as it hung so low, got soaked in the water, while camel crossed the river. It was not fit to be sold now.


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