This could be a community parable.

A holy 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 holy man to two doors.

He opened one of the doors and the holy man looked in. In the middle of the room
was a large round table. In the middle of the table was a large pot of stew,
which smelled delicious and made the holy 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 and each
found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful. But because
the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into
their mouths. The holy man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering.

The Lord said, ‘You have seen Hell.

They went to the next room and opened the door. It was exactly the same as the
first one. There was the large round table with the large pot of stew which made
the holy man’s mouth water. The people were equipped with the same long-handled
spoons, but here the people were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.
The holy man said, ‘I don’t understand.’ 

‘It is simple,’ said the Lord. ‘It requires but one skill. You see, they have
learned to feed each other, while the greedy think only of themselves.’

Author: lumiel

I earned a B.A. in Hotel/Restaurant Admin, but soon realized that I wanted to do something more meaningful.  Became interested in nutrition and education when pregnant with my first child. Interest in health led me to becoming a foot reflexologist, which led to a massage practice and suddenly discovering the love of my life: Chinese medicine! Practicing for 18 years, Hawaiian/Californian, acu-educated PCOM San Diego/OCOM Portland. Started my CAP in <a href="" target="_blank">San Rafael</a>, Marin County, July 4, 2006, even while earning my doctorate at OCOM.  This didn't seem to make sense, but it was my way of comparing the old way of practicing acupuncture to a simpler, truer expression of what I had learned in school.  I love it. And I love being a part of this grand movement to change the world by being true to our conscience. Reopened all over again when I moved to a place where no one had ever heard of me. 3 months open so far, and just beginning to meet expenses. I have no doubt this will succeed and I will be hiring by next year.

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  1. A Book Recommendation

    If you like this parable, you may enjoy the book “The Kin of Ata Are Waiting For You”.  I read it many, many years ago, but it made a huge impression, and contains a version of this story, plus a lot more

  2. long handled spoons

    But there is another addition to this parable. The holy man returns to see Heaven: same scene, same pot of stew, same long-handled spoons, same people. But now they are all healthy and happy. The Lord says “This is heaven.” What’s different? Think about it.
    One can’t put the food into his/her own mouth, but he/she can feed someone else, and vice-versa.