A gentleman rode in his carriage toward the palace one day. A little past halfway in his journey he came upon a river and decided to quench his thirst. There he found a simple old man seated nearby, eating a bowl of lentils. Noticing the old man's plain peasant clothing and food, the gentleman haughtily spoke to the old man, "You know, if you had only learned to bow down to the king, you would not have to eat those lentils."
The old man smiled and replied, "You know, if you'd only learn to eat these lentils, you would not have to bow down to the king."