Two men, one young and wearing a shining robe and the other older and bearded in a tweedy coat, walked side by side on a rainy evening. The young one held his face upward and smiled at the cold and damp. The older one held his face down and watched the water cover the ground.
"They say the way is narrow and the numbers are few," the tweeded man grumbled. "The virtue of thrift, Keynes tells us, causes poverty. Patience, the authors say, is nothing but faltering entrepreneurship and broken self-esteem. Charity is the father of laziness and hope the mother of intemperance according to the political theories of today. When I look to the hills I ponder salvation in a time when every virtue has been demonstrated and documented a vanity. All is vanity."
"Indeed," said the young fellow who shone, "you are a learned man."
Moral: Beneath every drop of rain that falls, sprouts a theologian.
SOCIALISM, n. The principle product of industry.