Heaven and Hell - The Real Difference
A man spoke with the Lord about heaven and hell.
The Lord said to the man, "Come, I will show you hell." They
entered a room where a group of people sat around a huge pot of
stew. Everyone was famished, desperate and starving. Each held a
spoon that reached the pot, but each spoon had a handle so much
longer than their own arm that it could not be used to get the stew
into their own mouths. The suffering was terrible.
"Come, now I will show you heaven," the Lord said
after a while. They entered another room, identical to the first
- the pot of stew, the group of people, the same long-handled
spoons. But there everyone was happy and well-nourished.
"I don't understand," said the man. "Why are they
happy here when they were miserable in the other room and
everything was the same?"
The Lord smiled, "Ah, it is simple," he said.
"here they have learned to feed each other."
By Ann Landers from A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup
for the Soul
Copyright 1995 by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor