During the war between two city-states in ancient Greece, a spy was captured and sentenced to death. Before the execution he requested an audience with the King.
The interview was granted, and the condemned man stood before the Ruler and begged “O great king, if you do not execute me, but instead allow me to live a mere two years longer, I will teach your favorite horse to sing.”
The king thought “What’s two years? I can always kill him later.” So he agreed, and the spy was spared. Continue reading