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According to a middle-eastern fable, a merchant from Baghdad once asked his servant to run an errand. While at the markets, the servant went around a corner and saw ‘Lady Death’. She terrified him so much that he returned to his master in a great rush. “I am terrified,” said the servant. “I want to take the fastest horse and ride towards Samarra.”

Seeing how absolutely terrified his servant was, the master granted the request.

Later that afternoon, the merchant visited the markets himself and he too met Lady Death. He asked, “Why do you...

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