Mar 7, 2016
The Three Questions is a short story from Russian author Leo Tolstoy and first published in 1885 as part of a collection titled "What Men Live By and Other Tales". The story takes form of a parable, and it concerns a king who wants to find the answers to what he considers the three most important questions in life. 1. What is the right time to begin everything? 2. Who are the right people to listen to, and who to avoid? 3. What is the most important thing to do? He proclaimed that the ones who gave the right answers would be rewarded. Many learned men tried to answer the king's questions, but they all came up with different answers. The king decided that he needed to ask the wise hermit who lived in the village, and our story follows. The answers, summarized, follow at the end of the podcast.