39. oracular cross

the lawyer asked the guru, “when the oracle said you were the wisest in all the land, what did you think?”

the guru replied, “i knew nothing, so clearly i couldn’t be the wisest. i thought it was a riddle, and i promised myself i’d solve it.”

“and how did you go about that?”

“i traveled far and wide, and i spoke with the most esteemed individuals.”

“and did you find that all the people who claimed to know something in fact knew nothing, and that you were the wisest because you knew you knew nothing?”

“what i found was that the oracle was a fraud.”