[IMGCAP(1)]The following is a short story I distribute to my beginning undergraduate accounting students and those graduate students who are finishing their master’s degrees. It is intended to stimulate their reading comprehension and ignite their critical thinking as to how numbers play such an important role in business as in life. It was influenced by a sermon a priest delivered many years ago at a service I once attended:

Many, many, many years ago, there lived in Egypt a very wise and wealthy man who had three sons. One day the wise man called his sons together to tell them how proud he was of each of them.

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