The roles of Man
‘Brother,’ said Mulla Nasrudin to a neighbor. ‘I am collecting
to pay the debt of a poor man who cannot meet his obligations.’
‘Very laudable, said the other, and gave him a coin. ‘Who is
‘Me,’ said Nasrudin, as he hurried away.
A few weeks later he was at the door again.
‘I suppose you are calling about a debt,’ said the now-cynical
‘I suppose someone can’t pay a debt, and you want a contribution?’
‘That is so.’
I suppose it is you who owe the money?’
‘Not this time.’
‘Well, I am glad to hear it. Take this contribution.’
Nasrudin pocketed the money.
‘Just one thing, Mulla. What prompts your humanitarian sentiments
in this particular case?’
‘Ah, you see…I am the creditor!’