The Wisest Stone traveled for a year and a day. He conquered mountains and swam seas. When at last he returned to his resting place, his friend Taku was waiting for him.
“What have you learned on your journey?” asked Taku.
“It is easier to roll downhill than to roll uphill,” answered the Wisest Stone, “but easiest of all is to remain still.”
Taku thought on the Wisest Stone’s words for a time. “That is either very wise or very foolish,” he said at last.
“Come and tell me when you have resolved the matter,” said the Wisest Stone, yawning.
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