Once upon a time, a man decided to go sightseeing to Heaven and Hell on a day trip ...

It was about lunchtime in the Land of Suffering when he arrived. Before him he saw a bounteous selection of delicious foods, beautifully arranged on each of the dinner tables. The man looked around in confusion. "Can this really be the Land of Suffering?"

At that very moment, all the inhabitants arrived for their meal, looking pale, starved, and fatigued. They sat down with sour expressions and scornful looks in chairs at each table. The attendants carried to each of the guests a set of very unusual chopsticks. Curiously, each chopstick was gigantic. They were approximately three feet in length. All the unfortunate guests of the luncheon grabbed their large chopsticks greedily and reached for the best foods that they saw. Then they tried to devour each bite... but because of the extremely lengthy chopsticks, all the delicacies kept falling to the floor or were just out of reach from their mouths.

Witnessing such a desperate and pitiful scene, the man decided it was time to continue on with his next destination.
Later in the day, he arrived in the Land of Utmost Bliss, just in time for supper.
"Welcome! I'm so glad you could stop by!" said one of the guests. "Share in some of our wonderful meal!". The healthy, well-fed residents of the Land of Utmost Bliss seated him at a rich banquet, exactly as the one in the Land of Incessant Suffering.
"Well, your chopsticks here must be smaller I'm sure!" exclaimed the man. NO, that would be silly! They're about three-feet-long here too!"
The man couldn't figure it out - how can that be possible? The attendants then carried in the large chopsticks to each of the guests. "You see, although the food and chopsticks in the Land of Utmost Bliss are similar to the Land of Incessant Suffering," said the smiling guest next to the man. "Here we feed each other! See!" The smiling guest then fed the person across from him.
The difference between the Land of Utmost Bliss and the Land of Suffering is merely a difference in mindset. When we give in to our own selfishness, we create all sorts of negative situations in our lives. With that kind of attitude, no one can be happy.


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