45. the guru drinks hemlock

the guru closed his eyes and raised the glass of hemlock to his lips.

he hesitated for a moment, and in that moment, he saw his friend the tortoise sitting on the windowsill. the tortoise said, “what exactly do you think you’re doing?”

the guru explained that he had been convicted of corrupting the youth and sentenced to death and that he was allowing the sentence against him to be carried out in order to demonstrate the truth of his philosophy.

“seriously?” the tortoise replied. “that’s the stupidest thing i’ve ever heard. come on, let’s get out of here.”

you have found a glass of hemlock.