There were three kingdoms, each bordering on the same lake. For centuries, these kingdoms had fought over an island in the middle of that lake. One day, they decided to have it out, once and for all.
The first kingdom was quite rich, and sent an army of 25 knights, each with three squires. The night before the battle, the knights jousted and cavorted as their squires polished armor, cooked food, and sharpened weapons.
The second kingdom was not so wealthy, and sent only 10 knights, each with 2 squires. The night before the battle, the knights cavorted and sharpened their weapons as the squires polished armor and prepared dinner.
The third kingdom was very poor, and only sent one elderly knight with his sole squire. The night before the battle, the knight sharpened his weapon, while the squire, using a looped rope, slung a pot high over the fire to cook while he prepared the knight’s armor.
The next day, the battle began. All the knights of the first two kingdoms had cavorted a bit too much (one should never cavort while sharpening weapons and jousting) and could not fight. The squire of the third kingdom could not rouse the elderly knight in time for combat. So, in the absence of the knights, the squires fought.
The battle raged well into the late hours, but when the dust finally settled, a solitary figure limped from the carnage. The lone squire from the third kingdom dragged himself away, beaten, bloodied, but victorious.
And it just goes to prove, the squire of the high pot and noose is equal to the sum of the squires of the other two sides.
Michael Rountree : In the three kingdoms that bordered the triangular lake, there was one gentleman ruler who emerged to lead them all into peace and prosperity. He was a rugged man, accustomed to working in the out-of-doors, and very practical-minded. When war again threatened to erupt, he developed the notion to draft a treaty to which all three realms could co-sign, each promising aid to another if a third party attacked. The other leaders were not quick to see the wisdom of this approach, however. They looked down on Zeke's proposal (for that was the name of the suntanned author) and demanded that the only signatory be the gentleman himself, if he was so sure it would work. This gave him great consternation, until one day while toiling under the hot sun, he was granted encouragement in the form of a visit from an angel. It doesn't matter which angel it was, or even what kind of theological construct you hold to. She wasn't much of an angel, really. The point is, Zeke became convinced that by signing himself, he could set an example that would bring the others in eventually. So that is just what the he did. By this we can prove the tan gent Zeke's will to sign over co-sign for any angel. - Michael Rountree
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