A woman had worked hard all her life. She said, “Before I die, let me visit both hell(地狱) and heaven.”
An angel took her to a great hall. There were delicious food and drink on the tables.
Then the woman noticed a strange thing. The people there, all thin and hungry, were holding chopsticks(筷子) twelve feet long. They tried to feed themselves, but of course they could not get the food to their mouths with such long chopsticks.
The woman then said to the angel, “Now I know what hell looks like. Will you please show me what heaven looks like?”
The angel then took her to heaven. The woman went inside and saw many people well fed and happy. The people there also had very long chopsticks. The woman asked the angel, “I see all of these people have twelve-foot-long chopsticks, too, but they are well fed and happy. Please explain this to me.”
The angel said, “In heaven we feed each other.”