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There was a lad who lived in the area where an old and wise sage would offer people counsel for their lives. He always knew the right answer, and those who listened to his counsel profited in their lives.

In the village was a lad who thought he could trick the sage into giving a wrong answer. He decided to take a dove with him for his visit. His plan was to hold the dove in his hands behind his back. His question would be: Is the dove I hold in my hands alive or dead?

If the sage said, "Alive," the lad would quickly squeeze it to death. If the sage said, "Dead," the lad would release it to fly away.

As the sage looked at the boy and pondered the situation, he came to this conclusion: "The answer is up to you. It will be as you choose."

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