Mr. Rich had a bucket of Stuff and he was going to use it to get a lot of Buy for himself. He took his Stuff to Mr. Larder and told him he Hoped it Could Save the World. Mr. Rich talked him into using Stuff, to mix it in with all the food before Mr. Larder gave it out to the people in his village. Mr. Larder said, “But Mr. Rich, this costs a lot. How will I pay you for it?” Mr. Rich explained that Mr. Larder could just collect more Buy from the people and he could get rich too. So that’s what he did, and Mr. Larder and Mr. Rich made sure Stuff started getting into everything, and Mr. Larder got a little more Buy and Mr. Rich got a lot more Buy.
Most of the people of the village didn’t know that they were eating Stuff, because no one really explained it to them. They just did what they always did, while Mr. Rich supplied Mr. Larder with Stuff and they made sure it was mixed in with the food, and they collected more and more Buy.
At the beginning of this scheme, Mr. Law wondered for one brief moment if Stuff really should be mixed into the food and how much of it was good, but Mr. Rich wanted Mr. Law to leave it alone. So he just made Mr. Law his friend, took him to dinner, told him how wonderful Stuff was and that it Might Save the World, and he gave him Buy. He told him there were others things Mr. Law should spend his time worrying about. So Mr. Law said, “Okay,” and let Mr. Rich decide for himself about people using Stuff.
Ms. Assay found out about Stuff and thought maybe she should look at it to see what it was and make sure it really was good for the people of the village like Mr. Rich said it was. After looking at Stuff and how it affected people, she started to have questions about Stuff. She wanted to talk to Mr. Rich about her questions. But Mr. Rich didn’t like her asking questions at all. He said she was stupid and what did she know?, and she shouldn’t even be able to look at anything anymore, not just Stuff, but nothing. So Ms. Assay’s boss called her into a private meeting and told her, “Stop looking at Stuff and bothering Mr. Rich. If you don’t, we don’t need you here anymore.” So she had to choose. Which was hard, because she needed Buy to eat, and if she didn’t look at things anymore, she wouldn’t get Buy. Especially now she needed Buy because she had to go to another village to get food from their Mr. Larder who didn’t use Stuff. She had decided she didn’t want Stuff mixed in with all her food.
Many other villages had said no to Mr. Rich and his Stuff. He tried to get their Mr. Larders to put Stuff in all of their food, telling them it Would Save the World. But they’d said, “No.” Now Mr. Rich was very mad. He couldn’t get their Buy, and that always made him angry. So he went back to his own village and worked even harder to make sure no one could say No to Stuff. He told everyone he was Saving the World. He worked oh so very hard to make sure no one really knew when or how Mr. Larder mixed Stuff in. He talked to Mr. Law again and got him to make a decree that none of the villagers could even talk about Stuff. No one could write it down when Stuff was mixed in. But Mr. Common and Mrs. Simple thought, “Wait a minute. What is that Stuff you’re putting in our food? Really. Please tell us.” Mr. Law wouldn’t help them. He mocked them and got other people in the village to mock them too. So that left Mr. Common and Mrs. Simple in a tough spot. They had to decide if they would give a lot more Buy to avoid Mr. Larder’s food. But they didn’t really have a lot of Buy. Mr. Commons just gave up and ate what everyone else ate, which was a lot of Stuff, because by now, Mr. Larder put it in almost all the food he gave out. Mrs. Simple didn’t want to eat Stuff, and she felt sick when she did, so she really needed food without it. But it was so hard to know the difference because Mr. Law wouldn’t let them write it down.
In one of the other villages where Mr. Rich didn’t rule, Mr. Wiseman and his team got a hold of a bucket of Mr. Rich’s Stuff and studied it. They found out that Stuff wasn’t good at all. But Mr. Rich was livid about that. Of course his Stuff was good. It was Saving the World. He’d said so himself. He’d told Mr. Law. He’d told everyone. No one had a right to say otherwise. So he made sure everyone knew Mr. Wiseman wasn’t a good studier, that his team were ridiculous and didn’t know what they were talking about. Mr. Rich said it so loudly, people heard and decided that Mr. Rich must be right. Or why else would he have said it? (They forgot that Buy could make anyone said anything loudly.)
So the people in the village kept eating Stuff. It was all too much to worry about anyway. People like Ms. Assay and Mr. Wiseman were troublemakers. Mr. Rich was just helping anyway. It was good what he did. It must be. Everyone knew that because he’d said so. And he’d said so loudly. They were so lucky that Mr. Rich had Saved the World.
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