Mullah Nasrudin had a favorite ornate Turkish coffee cup. He would drink the sweet strong brew each morning before going to work. One morning his son was bringing his cup to him and dropped it. The beautiful hand painted cup broke to hundreds of pieces.
As Nasrudin’s son picked up the pieces the Mullah entered the room. Quickly the son his the pieces behind his back. He asked, "Tell me father, why do people die."
The Mullah who was in love with his own voice went on and on:
"My son, all is change. As Heraclitus said, ‘You can’t step in the same river twice’ – you have changed and the river has changed. People and things change grow older and die. It has to do with the second law of thermodynamics and the arrow of time…"
For a full half hour Nasrudin expounded on change, impermanence and other things philosophical. He ended his discourse by saying, "Ultimately, my son, people die because it’s their time to die."
At this his son brought the pieces of the cup forward and showing them to his dad said, "My father, I believe it was the time for your cup to die."
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