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Sunday, August 26, 2012

96: THE DANGER OF BEING DEPENDENT ON OTHERS

A parable.

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Once upon a time, there was a city where the people became so busy that they oftentimes didn't have time to prepare their food.  They preferred to "eat out" instead of cooking for themselves, which gave them more time to accomplish the things they wanted. Over time, these city dwellers actually forgot the basics of cooking and became dependent on the restaurants to cook for them.  The restaurant owners liked this, since they began to profit from the people not knowing how to cook. Over the years, there began to be alot of  different types of restaurants popping up all over the city. While the menu varied from one eating establishment to another, they all shared one thing in common... all of the food lacked flavor.  Despite all serving bland food, each restaurant owner claimed and boasted they served the best food. They wanted more patronage in to secure financial stability since there was so much competition between the restaurants.

One day a young and upcoming man who loved food,  desired to find which restaurant actually served the best food. He was determined to find out. He concluded after eating at all of the restaurants, that while the food was prepared differently and called different things on the menu .. all of the food tasted about the same. It was lacking flavor and never satisfied him.

This young man remembered reading in the town's history book about a very old man who lived far outside the city limits who used to teach people how to cook. Back in the day, the old man was considered the finest teacher in the culinary arts.  But over time, people lost interest in taking cooking lessons. This old man even established his own restaurant at one time.  But, since his restaurant was not conveniently located and his patrons needed to patiently wait for their food to be prepared, people stopped coming to eat at his restaurant.

This young man searched out this old man. He went out alone and found this old man's house and knocked on his door. The old man was still alive and at home. The young man told the old man of his desire of wanting to find the best food. The question was asked and an answer was given.

The old man said that all of today's chefs lacked the proper ingredients needed to make the food taste good. Not only did they cooks lack the ingredients, but the current food they served would make the people sick over time since it not only lacked flavor but also the important nutrients needed to sustain life.

The old man offered to teach the young man how to find, prepare, and then cook food which would be not only delicious for the young man to eat, but the importance of sharing this knowledge with others. The young man accepted the offered and embarked on this new journey. Many years of training was required for this young man to become a culinary specialist. The old man entrusted in the young man to impart  old family recipes of some dishes and food never before tasted for many generations.

Word got around in the city that this young man was taking cooking lessons. He was mocked by most, but those who ate his food, knew this man truly was not only a great cook, but a baker, and a master chef.   This man eventually set up his own restaurant, serving food that no one in the city had ever tasted before. The other restaurant owners despised this new restaurant opening. Unfortunately, this amazing chef and restaurant owner was killed tragically way before his time.

With the tragic loss of the founder, the restaurant was of need of leadership to replace the beloved cook, baker and chef and founder of the restaurant.  A powerful entrepreneur volunteered himself to take on the role even though he knew only how to cook a little, he was never considered a chef or a baker.  He would be known as the new President of the Restaurant.. Fortunately, many of recipes remained in the hands of who helped run the restaurant. Little by little as word continued to spread of the flavorable food being served at this restaurant, more and more people became regulars.

As the years passed, more and more talented and successful leaders were hired to help run the restaurant. It was not a requirement for these managers to be a chef, or a  baker.. or even a cook. Due to some public relations problems with the staff and patrons, the current owner of the restaurant felt it best that those coming into the restaurant address him with the same titles that were reserved only to the Founder of the restaurant. So he was no longer just referred to as the President of the Restaurant but also as the Cook, Baker and Chef.  The upper management also wanted to be referred to as cooks, bakers, and chefs as well. With the added titles, they received the respect from their employees and the patrons. They could do no wrong.


Some of the old recipes began to change depending of suggestions made by those who ate at the restaurants. Polls were conducted on how best to adapt to the tastes of the people. From the results from the surveys, the management thought it best that some of items on the menu were removed. Some recipes of the entree's were altered.  People seemed to be happy with the changes without realizing that the food was beginning to start to taste just like all of the other restaurants in the city.

People who loved to eat at this restaurant  started to become concerned that the food was beginning to lose it's flavor. They began to find out about the old recipes and how over time they had changed. They no longer wanted to be dependent on a restaurant cooking their food for them, but wanted to learn to cook for themselves with the right ingredients. They searched out to find the old man who lived outside the city. They went out and knocked on his door of the old man's house that still was standing. They had the faith that He would be on the other side to open the door and teach them how to cook once again.

13 comments:

  1. Ha! My Friend, some want to know the ingredients in the cookie!

    Fortunate for us, the old man had kept a cookbook, and by careful study and experimenting on the words in the cookbook!

    in the immortal words of Anton Ego:

    Last night, I experienced something new: an extraordinary meal from a singularly unexpected source. To say that both the meal and its maker have challenged my preconceptions about fine cooking is a gross understatement. They have rocked me to my core. In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau's famous motto, "Anyone can cook." But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant.

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  2. Ah, you've really gone and done it now...

    Funny thing is - Since the restaurant has grown into such a multi-level huge business now, it looks like the staff and chefs and bakers are almost self-sustaining. The townsfolk could quit patronizing the place and they might not even notice.

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  3. this speaks to me on a symbolic level; otherwise it's over my head--LOL!

    Been into 'slow food' from our own organic garden for decades--

    but it's a delightful 'essay'--

    Thank you--

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  4. The previous comment (8:36) shows your parable works.

    The one before that is as true as it is scary (7:46).

    Your parable is spot on.

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  5. "People seemed to be happy with the changes without realizing that the food was beginning to start to taste just like all of the other restaurants in the city." Yup, the food has started to look and taste the same. The differences between the restored Restaurant's "fruit" and the older Restaurant's "fruit" are no longer so significant. Maybe, by their "fruit" and food we can recognize who they really are.

    "It was not a requirement for these managers to be a chef, or a baker.. or even a cook." How very sad. Why choose such "management" unless they were willing to go back to the old man with their questions? If the old man never fails to answer the door, how could asking hurt?

    "They no longer wanted to be dependent on a restaurant cooking their food for them, but wanted to learn to cook for themselves with the right ingredients." Smart patrons, maybe they found an old cookbook that helped them realize what they were missing.

    "They searched out to find the old man who lived outside the city. They went out and knocked on his door of the old man's house that still was standing. They had the faith that He would be on the other side to open the door and teach them how to cook once again." Wow, too bad it was not the "management" that decided to ask and find out. Maybe the management could have corrected the flavor of the "fruit" and food long ago.

    So - Question: Will the old man teach these wise patrons how to correct the restored restaurant's food? Or else, will the old man suggest that these wise patrons start over with a new restaurant? Since the old man seems to be in charge, the answer matters a lot to the rest of us. Most importantly, the answer matters because the patrons want to know to where to look for the good "fruit" and "food". Sometimes, the old rotten "fruit" that everyone else has no longer fills the "hunger" nor "tastes" that good.

    Dimiwill

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  6. So - Question: Will the old man teach these wise patrons how to correct the restored restaurant's food?
    History repeats itself. In this fallen world, we are constantly losing light, and in constant need of restoring and maintaining the light we recieve. The old man will continue to restore light to those who are teachable and humble.

    Or else, will the old man suggest that these wise patrons start over with a new restaurant?
    Maybe not start over.. but maybe it is better stated that the old man will put back in order.

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  7. I started eating at these restuarants back in the 70s, unfortunately I didn't appreciate good food back then. Over the last several years I've been a regular customer and have come to realize that the food now isn't as good. I've come to prefer the organic food of the past to the genetically modified food of the present.
    Tom

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  8. From the words of Joseph Smith: ``I will give you one of the keys of the mysteries of the kingdom. It is an eternal principle that has existed with God from all Eternity that that man who rises up to condemn others, finding fault with the Church, saying that they are out of the way while he himself is righteous, then know assuredly that that man is in the high road to apostacy and if he does not repent will apostatize as God lives The principle is as
    correct as the one that Jesus put forth in saying that he who seeketh a sign is an adulterous person, \& that principle is Eternal, undeviating & firm as the pillars of heaven, for whenever you see a man seeking after a sign you may set it down that he is an adulterous man.''

    Is this still true today? ``From all eternity'' would indicate yes. Then, what of the OT prophets and others who have pointed out fault with the heirarchy? John the Baptist, for instance?

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    1. I've heard this quoted a lot, referring to those who recognize that all is not well in Zion, yet I have not seen one of those people that I'm thinking about setting themselves up for a light.

      Not one of them is saying, "He's wicked, but I'm righteous." They are saying, "This doesn't seem right. What if we as a church, as a people, are not following God like we think we are? What if we need to repent? What falsehoods do I believe? What do *I* need to do to see my Savior in the flesh?"

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