a time, there was a tavern owner in Benares. He had a hard working
bartender, who was always trying to be helpful by inventing new
ways of doing things.
One hot day,
the tavern owner wanted to bathe in a nearby river. So he left
the bartender in charge while he was gone.
had always wondered why most of the customers ate a little salt
after drinking their liquor. Not wishing to show his ignorance,
he never bothered to ask them why they did this. He did not know
that they ate the salt in order to chase away the aftertaste of
the liquor. He thought it needed salt to taste good.
why taverns did not add salt to their liquor. He decided that
if he did so, the business would make much higher profits, and
the tavern owner would be very pleased. So he added salt to all
To his surprise,
when the customers came to the tavern and drank the salty liquor,
they immediately spit it out and went to a different bar.
When the owner
returned from his dip in the river, he found his tavern without
customers, and all his liquor ruined.
So he went
and told this story to his friend, an adviser to the king. The
adviser said, "The ignorant, wishing only to do good, often
cannot help doing harm."
moral is: The best intentions are no excuse