High on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful city of Venice, Italy, there lived an old man
who was a genius. Legend had it he could answer any question anyone might ask of him.
Two of the local boys figured they could fool the old man, so they caught a small bird and
headed for his residence.
One of the boys held the little bird in his hands and asked the old man if the bird was
dead or alive. Without hesitation the old man said, " Son, if I say to you that the bird
is alive, you will close your hands and crush him to death. If I say the bird is dead,
you will open your hands and he will fly away. You see, son, in your hands you hold
the power of life and death."