Here's a story that I've heard several variations on. While I don't personally believe in Heaven or Hell, I think it's a great little bit that says a lot about human nature... There was a man who was a very, very good man. He did good every chance he could, even at his own expense. God noticed this man, and after watching him for a few years, he decided to reward the man. So he summoned an angel, and told her to visit the man and ask if there was anything she could do for him. The angel finds the man herding his sheep and greets him. The good man invites the angel inside. "You must be so tired from your journey", he says. "Please come and have some tea." So the angel accepts, and between sips of tea she tells him that he has been choosen specifically by God because he is such a good man. She asks if there's anything he wants for himself. He looks a little sheepish, and says, "Yes, there is one thing. Before I die, I'd like to see both Heaven and Hell." The angel is a little startled by this, but nods her head. "Where would you like to go first?" "Hell." He says. Finishing her tea, the angel stands and takes the man by the elbow. "Close your eyes, and don't open them until I tell you to." says the angel. He closes his eyes. There is a 'whooosh!' and he feels a cool breeze washing across him. "Open your eyes," says the angel, "Welcome to Hell." He looks around, and he's in a beautiful clearing in a lush forest. Birds of all kinds are twittering and flying about in the trees, and there is a lovely cool breeze carrying the odor of a huge banquet. He sees an enormous table at the end of the clearing with people seated all around it. He walks over to see better. As he gets closer, he notices that the people are all starving despite the mounds and mounds of delicious looking food. When he gets close enough he can see why - their arms are bound in steel rods that don't allow them to bend their arms to their mouthes to feed themselves. Horrified, the good man backs away. "Enough, enough!" he cries. The angel takes him by the elbow again. "Don't open your eyes until I tell you to" she says again. Again a 'whoosh!', and a warm breeze washes over the man. "Open your eyes now, and welcome to Heaven." The man opens his eyes, and he again sees a lush forest, a clearing, a banquet table surrounded by people. This time, he hears them singing, and gladly walks over towards them. Everyone is in high spirits, laughing and talking to eachother, and singing praises to God. When the man gets closer, he notices that their arms, too are bound with steel rods that prevent them from bending their arms to feed themselves. He continues to watch, puzzled. Then he sees how they are able to eat, and gratefully asks the angel to take him home. The man had a song in his heart as he was taken back to his humble home, because he had seen one of the people take a bit of the wonderful food, then reach over and feed his neighbor. Well, what do you guys think? Nice moral to the story, doncha think? Hope you all enjoyed it.