There was a respectful master surrounded with students. The master was an erudite person and it was thought that master knows answers to all questions.
Once the most skillful of the students began to think: Is there any question which master wouldn’t be able to answer?
He thought a little and found a question which for his opinion master wouldn’t be able to answer. His idea was to hold a butterfly on his palm and ask master if the butterfly on his palm was dead or alive?
“If master answered dead I would let butterfly to fly. If master answered alive I would squeeze the butterfly and it would be dead. In both situations master would be wrong.” – thought the student.
He caught a butterfly and went straight to the master. With happy face he asked master: Master, is the butterfly I have palmed dead or is it alive? He was happy because of the thought that master can’t answer. However Master even didn’t turn to him and answered:
Everything is in your hands.