A man was having a conversation with the Lord one
day and said, "Lord, I would like to know what
Heaven and Hell are like."
The Lord led the man to two doors and opened one
of the doors for the man to look inside. In the
middle of the room was a large round table with a
large pot of stew, which smelled delicious and
made the man's mouth water.
The people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished.
They were holding spoons with very long handles that were strapped to their arms, which
made it possible to reach into the pot of stew to take a spoonful.
But because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into
their mouths. The man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. The Lord said,
"You have seen Hell."
The Lord opened the second of the two doors for the man to see inside. It was exactly the
same as the first. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made the
man's mouth water.
The people were also equipped with the same long-handled spoons, but here the people
were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking. The man said to the Lord, "I don't
"It is simple." said the Lord. "It requires but one skill. While the greedy think only of
themselves, these people have learned to feed each other."