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Polaris AB: The Fable Collection of Short Stories
A man in his twenties thought the life he lived as an actor was so wonderful that he wrote a book about his life.
The book sold many copies as the man had become well known in a major film he had starred in. Life had changed much since those times, and the many ventures he tried out since that film had not been quite so successful and he was now entering the twilight years of old age - the memories far behind him.
One day, he entered a bookshop and saw the biography of an artist he recognised, he asked the bookkeeper for the price and was told five dollars. He picked up another illustrated book about the life of a famous explorer and again asked the price. Ten dollars for that one was the reply.
He then saw amongst the other books, a copy of his own book. He remembered choosing the cover of himself from amongst the pictures taken in a special photo shoot. He remembered the title he chose based on the main character in the film he was in. He recalled the many wild stories he had told the ghost-writer, the relationships he had with famous starlets at the time, the glamorous lifestyle and the ridiculous amounts of money he received for talk shows and attending events. Fast cars, fast love, fast living. He smiled, remembering the fame and fortune of his early years.
He asked the bookkeeper - "and how much do you want for this one"?
"Well", said the man, "if you buy the other two, I'll throw in that one for free".
And the Moral of the story is:
Those who highly consider the measure of their own worth, may be disappointed by the value that others place upon them.
Aesop's Fables c.600 B.C.