Parable: Sons Dead in a Dream

Book: The Song of the Bird – Anthony De Mello

A fisherman and his had
a song after many years of marriage.
The boy was the pride and joy of
his parents. Then, one day, he turned
seriously ill. A fortune was spent
on doctors and medicines. But the boy died.

His mother was utterly grief-stricken.
There wasn’t a tear in his father’s

When his wife reproached him
for his total lack of sorrow,
the fisherman said,
“Let me tell you why I do not weep.
Last night I dreamed I was a king
and the proud father of eight sons.
How happy I was! Then I woke up.
Now I am greatly puzzled: Should
I weep for those boys or for
this one?”


Nick Myers, a 28 year old serial blogger. Also minimalist, zen participant, philosopher, author of Emotional Alchemist, and tea disciple. I am one who sees a potential lesson in every experience in life. Life is who we are and life is our ultimate guru. I seek to bring us together through our own shared experiences. And hope to not only learn deeply who I am but to learn deeply who others are by dropping my ideas from moment to moment about you.

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