A scholar being ferried by Nasrudin across a body of water chided Nasrudin for his ungrammatical language, and hearing he did not learn in school said: “What? half of your life has been wasted!”
Shortly afterwards, Nasrudin asked him: “Did you learn to swim?”
“No, I did not,” replied the scholar.
“Well, in this case it seems all your life has been wasted … we are sinking,” said Nasrudin.
- Learning from books is only so much learning.
- Practical wisdom is important too.
- Interpreting this story is a waste of life.
- Language is created by man, it is therefore not important to spend time on something that you are already good at doing.
- Ignorance kills.
- The intellect is limited and will drown, only he who can swim will make it to land.