Several friends agreed to meet on the night of the full moon for an evening of wine and storytelling. Each person was to bring a jug of fine wine. The wine would all be poured into a bowl, and the friends would share the wine throughout the evening. As each one planned for the evening, that person began to think, ‘Everyone else will undoubtedly bring fine wine to the party. There is no need for me to bring my best wine. I can just bring a poorer variety. When it is poured into the vat, no one will be the wiser.’ And so each planned in that way.
Then on the night of the party itself, each had another thought. ‘Once the wine is all poured together, no one will know what is poured in. Why don’t I just bring a jug of water. One small jug of water will certainly not be noticed in that huge vat of wine.’ In this way, each person made plans.
And so, on the night of the full moon, the friends poured their ‘wine’ into the vat, dipped their cups, made a pleasant toast, and downed .. a cup of water each!