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    The Recipe for Success

    Fred's Short Cake
    By Ricahrd Voss PhD.

    There once was a recipe for shortcake. It had four ingredients: sugar, flour, butter, and water. A guy named Fred taught many people in the village of Narn how to prepare it.

    The Narnian cooks were delighted. Fred said they could make it any way they like, as long as they took care to make it taste good.

    For the next several months, the Narnian cooks elaborated on the recipe. Pretty soon cinnamon was so routinely added that novices were taught to use it all the time. Later, ginger powder was added, and the newcomers learned to include that as well.

    Eventually, the only acceptable recipe to the Narnians included sugar, flour, butter, water, cinnamon, ginger powder, salt, corn starch, oat flour, vanilla, powdered pears, and canola oil.

    The cooks applied the complex recipe religiously, never deviating. They even began chastizing those who forgot to add the cinnamon or powdered pears. The Narnian Congress was lobbied to pass laws prohibiting violations of "Fred's shortcake recipe". Soon people were jailed for their disrespect of the Great Fred (whose name could no longer be spoken without also adding the words, "may his shortcake live forever").

    One day, a very old Fred came back. No one recognized him. He went into a coffee shop, where there was "Fred's shortcake" on the menu. He ordered the shortcake. It was delicious. He asked for more. Then he inquired about the name -- "Fred's Shortcake".

    The cook chastized the very old Fred for not knowing the details about "Fred's Shortcake". He exclaimed impatiently that no one should question such things. "There is only one way to make shortcake!" exclaimed the cook, now red-faced.

    Fred then replied as calmly as he could, "Dear sir, shortcake is very easy to make. You just take sugar, flour, butter, and water. After that, the rest is up to you, as long as you take care to make it taste good."

    But the cook replied, "No! Blasphemer! There is only one way to make Fred's shortcake! And here it is!" He stuck the recipe in Fred's face. It said, "Sugar, flour, butter, water -- make it taste good."

    Fred looked on the back of the recipe. It said, "This recipe is fully detailed." Fred did not understand. He asked, "Where does it say to add all those other ingredients?"

    The cook replied, his face getter redder, "Right here!" And he pointed to the phrase "make it taste good." (There were hundreds of explanations of this mysterious phrase and a multitude of quotes attributed to the Great Fred giving detailed clues about what the phrase meant, all compiled in a nine heavy volumes entitled "The Sayings of Fred," but it would have taken too long for the cook to explain them to the old man.)

    Fred finally asked, "What if you just made it with sugar, flour, butter, and water, and added anything you like after that, as long as it tastes good?

    After all, it says on the back that this recipe is "fully detailed." Why must you insist on adding all these other things, not tolerating any variation at all? Dear sir, I think the original idea was to make it easy for you, and to let you add what you want, as long as it tastes good."

    The cook tried to regain his composure. "This old guy must be from out of town," he thought.

    The cook then replied, more patiently now as his confidence was rising, "Silly old man, can't you see? The recipe is NOT fully detailed! If it were, then it would ALSO tell us what to do with the cinnamon, ginger powder, salt, corn starch, oat flour, vanilla, powdered pears, and canola oil!"

    Fred was eventually imprisoned for questioning the recipe, and for claiming that he was, in fact, Fred. For everyone knew that the Great Fred (may his shortcake live forever), would NEVER question his own recipe!


    I bid the Religion Forum Farewell and it's dwellers a Very Happy Festival of Eid.
    JaddoN kaddya jaloos ghareeba tay shehr ich choatalee lug gayee

    No parallel!

    On the contrary, you are trying to reduce the ingredients and will end up with a tasteless product.

    Rabbeshrah lee sadree; wa yassirlee amree; yafqahoo qaulee.


      so whats the point of putting this recipe in RELIGION forum ????

      very vaguely i get an idea that u r trying to compare Islam to some CAKE

      get a life PA, plz grow up....
      if u want to live as a muslim, its better u follow the teachings of Muhammad (pbuh) rather than reading some cake recipes by some richard voss or gross whatever his name is

      and if lets see u r trying to say that like people stopped following fred's recipe some muslims today r trying to forget what Muhammad (pbuh) taught muslims to do, then dont forget that u yourself r one of those ignorant people....

      if u acnt add cinnamon to the original recipe, dont expect u can get the cake by removnig sugar and water and using only flour and salt....

      Both Halal & Haram r evident but between them r doubtful things, most ppl have no knowledge about them. So whoever saves himself from suspicious things saves his religion & honor, & whoever indulges in suspicious things indulges in Haram.


        So true about Muslims...absolutely.

        Arumughal is ur Sunnah referred as cinnamon in the above story:


          Originally posted by PakistaniAbroad:
          Fred's Short Cake
          By Ricahrd Voss PhD.
          BTW, this is not important but where did you get this from? Its not really written by Ricahrd Voss PhD, is it?

          [This message has been edited by Addu (edited December 18, 2001).]