There was once a small boy who banged a drum all day and loved every
moment of it. He would not be quiet, no matter what anyone else said
or did. Various attempts were made to do something about the child.
One person told the boy that he would, if he continued to make so much
noise, perforate his eardrums. This reasoning was too advanced for the
child, who was neither a scientist nor a scholar.
A second person told him that drum beating was a sacred activity and
should be carried out only on special occasions. The third person offered
the neighbors plugs for their ears; a fourth gave the boy a book; a fifth
gave the neighbors books that described a method of controlling anger
through biofeedback; a sixth person gave the boy meditation exercises to
make him placid and docile. None of these attempts worked.
Eventually, a wise person came along with an effective motivation. He
looked at the situation, handed the child a hammer and chisel, and asked,
"I wonder what is INSIDE the drum?"
No more problem.