One day the most peaceful inhabitants from the Earth asked one very powerful wizard to stop all wars and bloodshed on the planet.
'It is simple,' he said. 'I will destroy all weapons on the Earth, and nobody will be able to fight anymore.'
'It would be great!' the people exclaimed.
The magic wand waved and this was done.
There was a peace on the planet for three days, while the majority of those who were prone to fight, sought and could not find a weapon. When they understood they’ve lost it forever, they have made spears of young trees and started to fight again.
When the wizard heard this bad news, he said:
'Do not worry. I will destroy all young trees, so that they will not be able to fight.'
After two or three days of useless search for young trees, suitable for making spears, rebellious people started to cut giant trees, make batons from them, and the bloodshed has started again. The Wizard destroyed all big trees. Then humans made knives and swords of metal. He destroyed all metal on the planet. People made sling and began to throw stones at each other. It was necessary to destroy the stones, too. And then peacekeepers began to worry: all trees have disappeared; there is no metal and stones. How to live, what to eat now? There will be no vegetation soon, and people will die without even fighting. No, this is a wrong solution of the problem.
The Wizard became confused:
'I do not know how to behave now. I would have destroyed all humanity, but, unfortunately, it is not in my power!'
The peacekeepers fell into despair; they did not know what to do. And then one clever kid turned to the Wizard.
'I know what you should do. Let people feel, how others perceive their actions. If one person hurt someone, let him feel the same pain, and if he brings joy to someone, let him feel the same joy. So no one will hurt each other, because he will feel the pain immediately too and would have to stop.'
All the people were inspired with the greatness of kid’s thought, and the wizard realized his wisdom. He returned all trees, stones and metals.
Since that day nobody on the planet tried to hurt his neighbour, because he would have to feel the same pain too. People began to help each other, because they liked the sense of joy they felt at this moment. And they began to live in harmony and joy.
- Author Unknown -