I heard this parable shared by Wayne Dyer and I absolutely can relate to it in so many areas of my own life.
He states that in a small village lived 4 philanthropists. The conquerors had come through and had taken many of the men who were warriors and had placed them in a prisoner of war camp right in the village.
The first philanthropist who had great wealth stepped forward and offered of his earnings to the people who ran the prison if they would provide clean drinking water for the prisoners.
This was granted and he walked away satisfied.
The second philanthropist noticed that the prisoners were sleeping on rocks and were cold at night. So he offered his earnings to provide bedding and blankets for the prisoners so they would be comfortable when they slept.
This was granted and he too walked away satisfied.
The third philanthropist owned a farm and he wanted to give the prisoners healthy fresh food. This was also granted by the prison owners.
The fourth philanthropist was a saint. He was not living at a level of ordinary human awareness but at a higher consciousness level.
This man found the keys to the prison and in the night went and set all of the men free.
The lesson: Sometimes we accept things….that help us to suffer in comfort.