Response to “The three Questions”
“The three questions” by Leo Tolstoy brings questions that we as human beings have all asked ourselves. What is the best time to do each thing? Who are the most important people to work with? What is the most important thing to do at all times. The main character, the king tries to figure out these questions by rewarding anyone who could give him a reasonable answer. Not happy with the responses he is getting, the king visits the wise hermit to try and get some help. Tolstoy makes us question ourselves while reading this short story. He is trying to tell us that the answers to these questions are not as hard we think, but rather simple. He uses parts in his story to help us understand his simple points. What is the best time to do things? The best time to do things is now, during the present time. We have so much power over things right at the moment. Why worry about the future that cannot be controlled when we should be thinking about what is in front of us. It is time to live in the moment, and stop worrying about the rest. Worry about other things when it is time to do so. An example of the king learning this can be seen when the Hermit is explaining to the king that if he did not spot the hermits weakness in digging the beds, and not helped him, then man who wanted to kill the king would have been successful. But, because the king helped, the man grew impatient and was attacked himself by the kings bodyguards. Another example of the most important time being now in the present was when the bleeding man came running towards the hermit and the king. The king noticed he was bleeding and tended to his wounds. If the king had not acted in that moment and helped the man then he would have probably died. Who are the most important to work with? The story explains that the most important people are those we are with at the moment. No one knows if that could potentially be the last person we see or they see. Cherish the moment...
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