The Parable of the Spoons:
A rich man had a silver spoon. It was given to him years ago, purchased because it was the finest that money could buy. The man liked the spoon, but it was so much bother to polish and wax.
A poor man had a wooden spoon. He had made it years ago, fashioned when he was still learning his craft. The man liked the spoon, and kept it shellacked and preserved.
More years passed. The silver spoon yellowed almost beyond recognition. The wooden spoon glistened with the sheen of being newly made. Upon the comparing the two spoons, a passer-by might price them the same. Yet I leave the question to you: Which of the two had more value?
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