THE INNER SLUMBER – ITS PRICE
KING SOLOMON AND THE SYBIL
a very high price for them which he refused to pay.
The Sybil quietly left, burned half of them, then came back with the rest but asked the same amount as before for them.
King Solomon told her that she must be crazy: he had refused to pay that price for ALL the manuscripts, and was now supposed to pay the same high amount for only half of them?
The Sybil left, burned half the remaining books, and came back
with what was left, a quarter of the original ones,
but still demanded the same price.
And King Solomon did pay it after all, because he could not do without all that knowledge, and by now knew very well what the Sybil would have done if he had refused to!
Of course, if he had paid it immediately the first time she offered
them to him he would have had so many more…
the only difference will be how many years you will keep spending far from
the Divine, missing out on all the infinite ecstasy and vision
that you could have right now.
Thoreau has the last word by pointing out that:
The price of anything is the amount of life
that you exchange for it.
Before reading on, ask yourself:
What it is that I usually exchange my life for?