THE FOUR SONS OF ‘POWER’
Once upon a time, there lived an old man by the name of ‘Power.’ He had four sons and three beautiful mansions.
He named his sons ‘Anybody’, ‘Somebody’, ‘Everybody’ and ‘Nobody’.
To determine who would inherit him, ‘Power’ gave his four sons an important task to accomplish.
His son named ‘Anybody’ could have done it but failed to do it. His son called ‘Everybody’ refused to do the job and instead kept pointing fingers at the son named ‘Somebody’ saying it was his job. In the end, his son by the name of ‘Nobody’ did the job.
The three siblings who failed the task, got jealous of their fourth brother ‘Nobody’ and decided to usurp the three beautiful mansions of their father to prevent 'Nobody' from inheriting them.
They said unto themselves; "our father has his three mansions.
If we take them, everything that belongs to our father will become ours.
We will have ‘Power’ to ourselves," they imagined.
With that, the three jealous brothers went on to capture the first mansion called 'knowledge'.
Armed with ‘knowledge’, they went on to capture the second mansion called 'understanding'.
With ‘knowledge’ and ‘understanding’ under their belt, they easily captured the third mansion called ‘control’.
Once they got ‘control’ they thought they had ‘Power’.
But ‘Power’ was nowhere to be found.
The three brothers were very upset and decided to go find their fourth brother ‘Nobody’ for they thought,
“our old man ‘Power’ is probably hiding with him.”
The three brothers searched everywhere but could not find ‘Nobody’.
They asked themselves; “What does ‘Nobody’ like?”
For if we can identify what ‘Nobody’ likes, we will surely find ‘Nobody’ there.
“‘Nobody’ likes nothing.” They thought to themselves.
“‘Nobody’ depends on nothing.
Therefore, let us go find nothing for we will surely find our brother where nothing is.”
The jealous brothers reasoned among themselves.
When the three brothers got to the abode of nothing, they found a woman by the name of ‘Wisdom’ sitting there.
“We are looking for our brother ‘Nobody’ and our father ‘Power’, have you seen them?”
‘Wisdom’ looked at the three boys for a minute and with a gentle smile she said;
“you three boys thought you could have ‘Power’ to yourselves through ‘Control’, which comes from the ‘Understanding’ of ‘Knowledge’.
I regret to announce to you kids, you were terribly wrong.
To have ‘Power’, you need nothing.
My name is ‘Wisdom’, and I need nothing for I come from nothing.
I ‘Wisdom’, am married to ‘Power’ and ‘Nobody’ is here with us.
You cannot have ‘Power’ without 'Wisdom', for 'Power' and 'I' are one.
If you truly want ‘Power’, you must first have me.
To have me; you must relinquish ‘Control’ of not just anything, not just something, you must relinquish everything.
If you relinquish all these, you will need nothing for you will have both ‘Wisdom’ and ‘Power’.
“Nothing which comes from the ‘Power’ of ‘Wisdom’ can be destroyed.”