The Prince wanted to be a good man. To effect real change in the world. He felt he had the potential, and he certainly had the drive. But his drive was humble, not prideful. He wanted to eliminate the poverty, hunger, and human misery that surrounded him.
Whenever The Prince met a young woman or man who had some kind of problem with their lives, he more often than not had the answer. They had seen counsellors, they had taken drugs, and they had despaired for years. But to The Prince, their troubles were simple and easily fixed. He would gently suggest the solutions to their troubles. Those who accepted his advice would prosper.
But these personal relationships, while fulfilling, did not please The Prince. He knew that he had so much more potential to help the world. To reach more people. To tell them what they were doing wrong – to give them a chance.
And so The Prince bought a tailored suit, cuff-links, and a revolver. Within several months, he had a lawyer, a personal assistant, and three bright college graduates managing the books. He was in business, and business was good. He would only have to extort and kill for two years. And kill he did. Three men died gruesome deaths.
The Prince, by the end of his fifth fiscal year, owned and maintained hundreds of acres of land, several commercial buildings, sat on the board of two multinationals, and employed thousands. He no longer offered advice to fix peoples’ problems. He fixed their problems himself. He employed them, he reduced their rent, he gave them loans, and he sent their children to school. He sent them gift baskets and insured them against their health and their lives. He provided for their families.
And when The Prince laid down to die, he died a happy man. For he had touched thousands of lives by killing only three men, and extorting only a few more than that. Yet, the secret of his origins would be taken to the grave. And men for generations would try to emulate The Prince’s good character and success – not knowing that one must break a few eggs to make an omelet.