One day, Diogenes was eating bread and lentils, when he was seen by the philosopher Aristippus, who made a very good living by flattering the king.
Aristippus sneered at the humble meal and told Diogenes, “If you would only learn to be subservient to the king like I have, you would not have to eat lentils.”
Diogenes replied. “If you would only learn to like lentils like I have, you would never have to be subservient to the king.”
When I get emails from people who want to know how to start an independent ministry or start a business or who tell me about how frustrated they are with the powers that be and their control over their lives, the first question I ask is:
“Do you like lentils?”
Because the only power anyone has over you is the power you give them. And most things cost more than the amount of money it takes to buy them.