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Is it better to be sane and live amongst mad people, or to be mad and fit in with the crowd? You decide.

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This story comes up time and again as a traditional Sufi tale, but it also has elements in common with those in Kahlil Gibran’s “The Wise King”. This is my version, crafted from a variety of sources.

Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese writer, poet, and visual artist, born into a Catholic family and was influenced not only by his own religion but also by Islam. In Muslim tradition, al-Khiḍr is widely known as the spiritual guide of Moses and Alexander the Great, a wali(saint), a prophet, and one of four immortals along with Enoch (Idris), Jesus, and Elijah. Khiḍr is associated with the Water of Life, which makes his appearance in this tale very appropriate indeed.

Episode 10: Sanity and Madness | Oral storyteller, traditional storyteller, performance storyteller | Ziyadliwa | Innsbruck

Is it better to be sane and live amongst mad people, or to be mad and fit in with the crowd? You decide.

Listen now:

Where to find this story:

This story comes up time and again as a traditional Sufi tale, but it also has elements in common with those in Kahlil Gibran’s “The Wise King”. This is my version, crafted from a variety of sources.

Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese writer, poet, and visual artist, born into a Catholic family and was influenced not only by his own religion but also by Islam. In Muslim tradition, al-Khiḍr is widely known as the spiritual guide of Moses and Alexander the Great, a wali(saint), a prophet, and one of four immortals along with Enoch (Idris), Jesus, and Elijah. Khiḍr is associated with the Water of Life, which makes his appearance in this tale very appropriate indeed.