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Delphius and Basicus Each Struggle with a Problem

Delphius and Basicus were both working on problems.  Delphius was trying to fix his roof, and Basicus was trying to repair his front door.    Both found their problem difficult.

Delphius was unable to come  up with a good solution for his problem.  After a brief time of contemplating, he decided to ask his neighbor Pascala what he should do. 

Pascala was a wise woman and gave Delphius some sage advice that soon led to a sound and solid repair of Delphius’ roof.

Basicus spent the the day frustrated, working on his front door by himself, and eventually came up with a fix that made things worse, would soon fail, and would eventually require paying a tradesmen to fix.

Delphius and Basicus Stop for the Night

Delphius and Basicus were on a long journey, requiring several days travel.

They stopped for the night at a campsite beside the trail.  It had obviously been used as a campsite previously, as there were many signs of previous inhabitants.

Delphius and Basicus made camp and slept comfortably, for their journey was long and they were tired.

In the morning, Delphius began cleaning up the remains left by previous users of the site. 

“Why are you cleaning up another’s mess, Delphius.  They should have done it.  Why are you doing it?” said Basicus.

“Because someone else will want to use this site in the future, and we should do what we can for those future residents,” said Delphius.  “Those residents might even be us on the return journey.”

Delphius and Basicus continued on their journey.  Basicus remained puzzled, but Delphius knew the wisdom of his actions.

Delphius and Basicus Find a Wall

Delphius and Basicus were walking down a path.  Delphius was a wise software developer with many years of experience.  Basicus, Delphius’ student, had some experience as well, but lacked wisdom and often made foolish errors.

As the two were walking, they came upon a wall blocking the path.  The wall was made of stone and was not high – it could be easily climbed over — and not wide, the brush on either side could be easily walked through.

“What a stupid place for a wall!” exclaimed Basicus.

Delphius considered the wall. 

“Clearly someone put this wall here on purpose,” he said.

Basicus scowled.  “Why would anyone be so dumb as to put a wall in the middle of a path?”

“At the moment I do not know,” replied Delphius.

“I say tear it down!” Basicus cried out.

“One must be very sure about tearing down a wall so carefully constructed,” replied Delphius.  He walked around the wall, through the brush, and on to the path on the other side.

Basicus reluctantly followed.