I stumbled on this story while watching the anime Fruits Baskets. I had to re-watched the part where the character was telling this story. Since I’ve heard this story, I could not get it out of my head.
I started asking myself if I would also be considered a foolish traveler. Am I being fooled by the people I helped and continue helping back in my home country? If these people were tricking me, does it matter? Besides, when these people asked for help, I have a choice not to give in. But I still chose to help even though I know the fact that they might trick me.
I apologized for babbling too much. Below is the story of The Foolish Traveler.
There was this foolish traveler who had gone on a journey.
Everywhere he went, people made up all kinds of sad stories to tell him, and the traveler fell for every one of them.
Pretty soon his money, clothes and even shoes had been cheated away from him.
When the traveler was completely naked, he decided to leave the main road and travel through the dense forest where no one can see him.
But soon he was discovered by the goblins that lived in the woods.
The goblins wanted to eat the traveler’s body, so they begged and pleaded and used kind words to try and trick him.
Of course, the traveler was fooled.
First, he let the goblins eat one of his legs, then an arm, then more and more.
And as the last goblin was eating the traveler’s eye, it turned and said: “Thank you, traveler. In return, I leave you with this present.”
All the goblin left was the piece of paper with the word ‘fool’ on it.
“Thank you,” he said: “This is the first present anyone’s ever given me, I’m so happy!”
Then the traveler died, the smile still on his face.
What do you think? Are you a foolish traveler too?
While I was typing this post, I can’t help but smile. See, someone in the past has tricked me. And even if that person fooled me, she still said: “Thank you.” And that thank you was sincere. Every time I remember it, it brings me so much joy to know that even if it was foolish, she was grateful.