(Reblogged from https://bradstanton.com)
This is more like Geoffrey Chaucer’s story of the three rascals looking for Death to kill him but they all ended up the victims of their own greed. Greed does takes many forms but more often it is just about money. Someone asked, “Why is it greed to keep money that is all yours and not greed to want to take other people’s money?” Well, money and this world could be crazy sometimes.
A man knew that his grandmother was rich and about to die. He went to visit her and help her in any way that he could. She told him that she had half a million dollars hidden underneath the floorboards in the kitchen. She wanted him to have it because he was the only one that cared enough about her to come and take care of her.
After the grandmother’s funeral the man retrieved the money and dug a hole in his backyard to bury it. The next day he went out to check on the buried treasure. All he found was an empty hole. As he inspected the area, he saw footprints from the hole leading to the house next door, which was owned by a deaf-mute.
Down the street lived a woman who had a deaf son, so she understood sign language, so the man hurried to her house and brought her to the deaf-mute to interrogate him. He brought his hand gun hidden under his coat.
He screamed at the woman, “Tell this deaf-mute that I know he stole my money and that if he doesn’t give it back I will kill him!”
The lady signed the message to the deaf-mute, who replied in sign language “I hid it in the cupboards in the basement.”
The interpreter then turned to the man with the gun and said “He says he will never tell you where the money is, even if you kill him.”
“Now, you are next!”