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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The purity paradox

The taste of water, of pure water, I recall years ago when in a remote area of Asia some do good folks found the perfect village to bless with a new water system, and after drilling a well and installing an electric pump, a great ceremony was set for the official handing over to the villagers of the modern pump and of course, pure water. As the folks gathered around and were handed overflowing glasses filled with sparkling water, they sipped cautiously while other drank, but an elder of the village sniffed at his water-filled glass, then finally took a gulp and gulped again and again, and each time seemingly more puzzled than before, then finally he set the empty glass down, spoke a few words, shook his head, then walked away. The do good folks asked what did the old man say, and the translator said, "No taste! No taste! No taste!"

3 comments:

Ricky Raccoon said...

Wonderful story, Bro. Bartleby.
Enjoying your other posts too.
I came this way after reviewing the guestbook at Motel Zero.
Very pleased to make your acquaintance.
Rick

Bro. Bartleby said...

Likewise. Shalom!

USS Ben USN (Ret) said...

Wow. Obviously, pure water can be a tough sell to those who never had it.
Especially if folks don't know anything about how healthy pure water is compared to dirty water.
Then, speaking from my own experiences, there are times that folks don't want any "help", unless it's on their terms.

I've been guilty of that myself, although it didn't involve pure water.