I read this story many years ago (if it rings a bell to anyone let me know the source!).
This story takes place in the past. Before Zagat. Before Yelp.
A man named Richard walks into a restaurant. It's a pretty good restaurant. Not the fanciest but the quality of the food they serve is exceptional.
Richard sits. His waiter greets him and hands him a menu.
There's a lot on the menu.
Richard doesn't get to go to restaurants of this caliber very often. He wants to have a good experience. There's the wine to pick... The appetizer and the main course... Perhaps he'll have dessert.
Richard gets the waiter's attention. "Give me the best meal that I can get for $50.00"
The waiter knows exactly what to do. He springs into action.
The waiter pours a delicious glass of wine that opens Richard's senses. Then, a wonderful appetizer comes that entices him to want more. The main course arrives - delighting him - but not filling him completely. Lastly, a small lovely dessert appears. And after five delicious bites - Richard is fully satisfied - the check comes for $50.00 even. Each thank the other for the transaction.
What just happened?
How different would the waiter react if he were told every step of the way what to do and how to do it?
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