Tyranny of the majority

At one point in his life, the entire population of his village had had enough of the pleasantries and confusions of Mulla Nasrudin.
    They all went to the magistrate, and he gave a ruling:
    ‘Nasrudin, by the will of the people I have to declare that you must leave the village.’
    ‘Are they unanimous?’ asked the Mulla.
    ‘Yes, I am afraid so.’
    ‘Then I refuse to go. There are plenty of them – and only one of me. If they don’t like the village as it is, they can leave and build another one. But I, a single individual, how can I even start to build one small house for myself elsewhere?’

The Subtleties of the Inimitable Mulla Nasrudin Idries Shah, Octagon Press

An empty street

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