It was autumn, and the Indians on the remote reservation asked their new Chief if the winter was going to be cold or mild. Since he was an
Indian Chief in a modern society, he had never been taught the old secrets, and when he looked at the sky, he couldn’t tell what the weather was going to be. Nevertheless, to be on the safe side, he replied to his tribe that the members of the village should collect wood to be prepared for a coldwinter.
But also being a practical leader, after several days he got an idea.
He phoned the National Weather Service and asked, “Is the coming winter going to be cold?”
“It looks like this winter is going to be quite cold indeed,” the Meteorologist at the weather service responded. So the Chief went back to his people and told them to collect even more wood in order to be prepared.
One week later he called the National Weather Service again.
“Is it going to be a very cold winter?” he asked.
“Oh yes!” the man at National Weather Service replied, “Our forecasters are saying it’s going to be a very, VERY cold winter.”
The Chief again went back to his people and ordered them to collect every scrap of wood they could find.
Two weeks later he called the National Weather Service again.
“Are you absolutely sure that the winter is going to be very, very cold?”
“Absolutely,” the man replied. “In fact, it now looks like this could turn out to be one of the coldest winters ever.”
“How can you be so sure?” the Chief asked.
The weatherman replied, “The Indians are collecting firewood like