The rich man told the poor giant, "I will take all your children."
The poor giant didn't believe him.
The rich man said, let us bet: "If I can take all your children, you give me your country. If I cannot take your children, I will give you my country."
The poor giant said, "You are going to lose. Because my children will not trust anyone except me."
The rich man said, "Before I take your country, first I need to make your poor country rich, do you agree?"
The poor giant said, "If you are going to make me rich, I have no objection."
The rich man said, "I will send a genius to help you get rich quickly. Because there are some technological problems you need to learn before you get rich. Will you like to meet him and learn how to get rich?"
The poor giant said, "I will never reject learning. But who is this genius?"
The rich man said, "He is the king of the rich island near your country. Will you like to visit his rich island and learn some of the knowhows in getting rich?"
The poor giant said, "I agree."
When the plane of the poor giant touched down in the rich island of the genius, he was amazed to see, it was a rich island indeed. All the highways were straight and wide and bright like golden, and the houses were as clean as diamond. Rich people in the island welcomed the poor giant, they rolled out a red carpet to receive him, they treated him with highest quality food and drink for a king.
The genius greeted the poor giant and they embraced.
Next day, there was a hot news in the media around the globe:
"Small Island rolled out red carpet for a Most Honored Guess."
The poor giant said to the genius, "I am amazed to see your country is running very well."
The genius replied humbly, "Oh no, your country is. Your country can be far better than us. You have so many scholars and learned young men, we have only an island with poor resources."
The poor giant said, "You are really a genius to get rich without resources. We need to learn from you."
The genius said, "To be rich is easy and there is no secret, you only need to……."
The poor giant was suffering from poverty for a long time. He wished to know how to get rich for his children. And he has got the patience to let the genius say more. He only smiled and waited.
The genius said, "Yes, you need to control everything. That is the first priority."
The poor giant was puzzled, "Control everything?"
The genius said more humbly, "Sir, you are my senior and you know it all. We have a special way to control my children here."
The genius waited a second and say more: "We separate them into two groups, one is for me, and the other is against me. Both of them are under my direct control. "
The poor giant felt interested: "Well?"
"Take media as an example, I have a team of media people who are against me, and the other team for me."
"What? Those who wrote against you are actually your friend? I thought you were in trouble when so many of them wrote to attack you? Were they not your real enemy?"
"Oh never," The genius laughed: "It's only a show. I control everything. I have my secret army like your secret party members."
"Well, "The poor giant felt a bit uneasy, as the genius had mentioned something he didn't like to talk about, "It seems you know everything."
"They are my network of secret members, I let them control everything and push my orders to carry out properly. I depend on them more then my open army."
The poor giant didn't reply. He was reluctant to get into such topics. However, they have a happy evening together. They remained good friends from then on. The poor giant was happy to know secrets from the genius. He felt happy as he knew the genius had trusted him and let him know secrets to run the country. It seemed easy; you just divide your secret army into two opposing groups.
No one on the planet had ever told him, that this secret, was a lie. It must be carried out without the knowledge of his own children. And worse thing would happen in a lying situation. A liar is easily to be cheated. And the poor giant was too excited, he couldn't find out the real nature of the secret. It was a plot to make him become a liar. Any strong person, whenever they had determined to lie, would become weak. That was why the poor giant was cheated in many ways, and he had never realized it.
And he was confident about himself as usual. He thought it was a good idea, to create a false enemy, was just as easy as presenting a daily drama. It was fun to see them fight each other. He believed it could work.
The genius had told him many methods in getting rich, which is not important at all. They included economy and finance ideas as well as political ideas. The poor giant showed himself a true learner.
And he had ordered his people to come to the island to study the method of governing, as well as the art of lying. Groups and groups of people had flied to the island. Planes kept coming and going. The genius treated them like his own secret members.
And the poor giant never doubted about their loyalty. He knew they will never betray him. He thought everyone was sharing the same ideal with him. All were for the people, even though lying was necessary for the people.
The poor giant was happy to find out he was getting rich. He decided to try out the control method in one of his small provinces.
The poor giant failed to notice, his secret network of control, had changed hands gradually. Little by little, his secret network was not his secret network anymore. Extra branches were built without his consent. They were under leadership of the rich man. He was not the boss of his own country, but the rich man was.
Now, he would try the genius method in his selected province.
The first move of the poor giant, was to buy medias in the province. He knew the importance of medias, he wanted to buy them all. And it was not difficult for him. As he can pay good money. He preferred to save in other places. He wanted to spend important resources in the media. He had brought TVs, Radios, and Newspapers. And he had them divided. Some were for him, some against him. All were under his secret control. He had got secret network members everywhere, like the genius.
However, he had never knew, what he had spent big money to brought in, were only useless shells. The inner cores were tightly on the hands of the rich man.
The situation was getting worse and worse. And the worst of all was his health. He was old and weak now.
One day, the rich man came to visit him. He was in his sick bed.
The rich man said, "You are becoming rich, do you?"
The poor giant said, "We are only picking up a little."
The rich man said, "Do you still want to honor your promise in our bet?"
The poor giant said, "Why not? I am still alive. I still have plenty of time."
"Ha," The rich man laughed, "I must advice you, I have taken lots of your children. You have not much time left."
The poor giant said, "I don't believe it."
The rich man showed him an article from the papers, it was about some of his children. Lots of the schools, universities, churches, even the Government were not necessarily his supporters. They had turned against him.
The poor giant said, "Have you counted your harvest?"
The rich man hesitated.
The poor giant was old and weak, but firm. He said, "If you have not counted, I have. You had controlled only 5%. "
The rich man laughed again, "Ha, you said 5% only? Do you know they were all leaders and they occupied all of your key positions in your stupid province?"
The poor giant was silent. He could hardly breathe any more. But he still managed to answer the rich man, "Let us see if your 5% can beat the rest of my good children?"
The poor giant had died shortly after the visit of the rich man.
And all his children were eager to see, whether the 95% can beat the 5% or not.
The bet was still going on.(The End)
A note from the writer:
The writer will have a short holiday in Malaysia from tomorrow till 25th October 2019