Once in a town there was a man who was condemned by the whole crowd as the greatest idiot who had ever lived. Obviously he was continuously in difficulty.
Whatsoever he would say, people would start laughing, even if he was saying something beautiful, true. But because it was known that he was an idiot, people would think that whatsoever he did and said was idiotic. He might be quoting sages but still people would laugh at him.
He went to a wise old man and told him that he felt like committing suicide, that he could not live anymore. "This constant condemnation is too much — I cannot bear it any longer. Either help me out of it, or I am going to kill myself."
The old wise man laughed. He said, "There is not much of a problem, don't be worried. Do only one thing, and come after seven days — start saying no to everything.
Start questioning each and everything. If somebody says, 'Look — look at the sunset, how beautiful it is!' ask immediately, 'Where is there any beauty? I don't see any — prove it! What is beauty? There is no beauty in the world, it is all nonsense!' Insist on proofs; say, 'Prove where beauty is. Let me see it, let me touch it! Give me a definition.'
If somebody says, 'The music is ecstatic,' immediately jump into it and ask, 'What is ecstasy? What is music? Define your terms clearly. I don't believe in any ecstasy. It is all foolishness, all illusion. And music is nothing but noise.'
"Do this with everything, and after seven days come to me. Be negative, ask questions — questions which cannot be answered: What is beauty? What is love? What is ecstasy? What is life? What is death? What is God?"
After seven days the idiot came to the wise man — followed by many many people. He was garlanded and beautifully dressed. The wise man asked, "What happened?"
And the idiot said, "It was magic! Now the whole city thinks that I am the wisest man in the world.
Everybody thinks I am a great philosopher, a great thinker. And I have silenced everybody, people have become afraid of me. In my presence they remain silent, because whatsoever they say, I immediately turn it into a question and I become absolutely negative. Your trick worked!"
And the wise man asked, "Who are these people who are following you?"
He said, "These are my disciples — they want to learn from me what wisdom is!"
This is how it is: the mind lives in the no, it is a no-sayer; its nourishment comes from saying no to each and everything. The mind is basically atheistic, negative. There is nothing like a positive mind.