It is a short story with a huge, almost unanswerable question at the end, and it starts like this: You have been wandering in the desert, and are lost, tired, hungry and thirsty. You have been walking fo what seems like several days, but in reality it has been onlly a couple but in 100+ degree temperatures you know it will not be long until the end is upon you. You see a small town ahead and wonder about it because you have already followed a couple of mirages with no good result. But, you reason that if there is really a town there you might find water and life anew. You find, after a short walk toward the town that it is real and as you get to the towns edge you see an old fashioned water pump next to a very large boulder. The town is abandoned and in shambles with the only population that of a few tumbleweeds. You get to the pump and frantically pump the old handle and nothing happens. No water! Out of the corner of your eye, you see a gallon jug tucked into a hole in the boulder. You grab the jug and it is filled with water. Before you open it, you see a tag hanging from the handle. The tag read,"The pump needs to be primed. Every drop of water in this jug needs to poured down the shaft of the pump and then the pump will work and you will have all of the cool, fresh water you desire. P.S. Refill the gallon jug for the next person." Here's the question. What would you do? You will die without water and the gallon jug has water in it. Do you pour the water down the shaft of the pump, or drink from the gallon jug? What and who do you trust? Why?