April Fools' Day is upon us. There are many a story involving Fools that are wise or simply foolish. I just finished reading The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill. On page 309 her character Ethyne, says -
"A story can tell the truth, she knew, but a story can also lie. Stories can ben and twist and obfuscate. Controlling stories is power indeed. And who would benefit from such power?"
For example, the story told to the American people by the Bush administration leading to the Iraq war was a whopper.
The story I tell today comes from Algeria. I have no idea how old it is, but it is linked to Nasredin and comes to me via Mohammed Bel-Halfaoui. He heard it from his mother Zohar. Cathryn Wellner of Duncan British Columbia translated for Margaret Read Macdonald's Peace Tales - World Folktales to Talk About where I found it.. Here is my interpretation of A Man With No Brain. May you not be so foolish.