Wednesday, September 14, 2011

One Onion


Once upon a time there lived a very nasty, horrible old woman.

When she died, she didn't leave behind her one single good deed.

So the devils got hold of her and tossed her into the flaming lake.

Meantime, her guardian angel stood there, trying hard to think on good deed of hers that he could mention to God in order to save her.

Then he remembered and said to God: "Once," he said, "she pulled up an onion in her garden and gave it to a beggar woman."

So God said to him: "Take that onion, hold it out to her over the lake, let her hold on to it, and try to pull herself out.

If she does, let her enter heaven; if the onion breaks, the old woman will just have to stay where she is."

So the angel hurried to the woman, held out the onion to her, and told her to take hold of it and pull.

Then he himself began pull her out very carefully and she was almost entirely out of the lake when the other sinners saw she was being pulled out and grabbed on to her so that they'd be pulled out of the flames too.

But when she saw them, that wicked, horrible woman started kicking them saying: "I am being pulled out, not you, for it's my onion, not yours!"

As soon as she she said that, the onion snapped and the woman fell back into the flaming lake, where she's still burning to this day.

And her guardian angel wept and walked away.

(Brothers Karamazov).

If you want to know human psychology read Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881)...a Russian novelist, journalist, short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the human soul had a profound influence on the 20th century novel.


  1. Story is a good lesson diccouraging selfishness.

  2. that onion has nothing to tell us. its just a story so leave poor onion alone.onion do have layers and when you peeled off very layer you left with nothing andd soon it will happen to those who thinks they are peeling off onion to make it clear and clean. it will only give them tears.
    goodluck by the way.

  3. Fyodor Dostoevsky has an exceptional insight into human psychology.

  4. years and years v have been told not to be selfish..but v remain..u know what friend..heaven is here on earth if humans start loving and helping each other...then there will be no need for hell..hmmmm..bol bolke thak gaya..haha

  5. خوب۔۔۔۔۔۔۔

    بہت اچھا بلاگ ہے شکریہ

  6. Great though grim.

    You have been awarded:


  7. hmm....dear all....

    Thanks you so much for coming and I am honored.

  8. Thinking,

    Good one with moral. One who is selfish can never change.

    Take care

  9. Dear Jack...

    Thanks for your time. I am honored.