There was a rich and influential man. He was influential because he was rich.
He was a good man but with shrewd workers. His workers loved him as they can take advantage of him. As far as he is concerned, he felt people loved him.
His workers exploited the common people and his riches were built out of their sweat. Since he’d interacted with his closed associates, he never knew how people felt about him. There are few homeless men around him whom people cared.
People regarded him as being selfish and greedy. His obsession with luxury lifestyle spoke for them. He never interacted with the common people.
One evening, he had a terrible accident and never recovered from it. He could sense the end is near but he wanted to live at any costs. His wealth wouldn’t last long, he thought.
He had a wish, he ordered his burial-place must be prepared in a spacious land with perfectly designed small structure.
Gradually, his wealth had declined. He has nothing left behind for his heir-apparent, which further eroded the happiness in his life.
The end has come. So they buried him in that specified land, per his wish.
Several times had gone by, when one day, the news of a homeless man’s death is doing the rounds. The people, who knew him well, wanted to give him a good burial at the least.
The homeless man’s life story was filled with bitter fate. He gave his best shot but was still reduced to this condition. So he had the sympathy and loved of the people. They contributed to buy his dead body a burial spot.
They heard about the heir-apparent of the rich man’s deteriorating living condition. And they propose him to sell some land, which he obliged immediately.
At last, the homeless man was buried. He was laid to rest next to the rich man’s spot. The people are happy to perform the last rite of the homeless man.
In their short span of life, they walked different path, although undetermined. They both are hated by some and loved by some as well.
Ostensibly, they ended in the same place and in the same spot. They are going home!
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