A rich collector had three items with him: a gold ring, a gold nugget and a gold signet seal. When he was asleep, they argued all the time. The gold ring declared that it was better than the other two because it was made for the finger of a rich bride. The gold nugget said it was better than the other two because miners had risked their lives to find it. The gold signet said it was better than the other two because it had sealed the messages of a king.
They argued day and night, until the ring said, 'Let's ask God. He will decide which of us is the best.' The other two agreed, and so they approached the Almighty. Each made its claim for being superior. God listened carefully, and when they were done, he said 'I can't settle your dispute, I'm sorry'.
The gold signet seal grew angry. 'What do you mean, you can't settle it? You're God.'
'That's the problem', said God. 'I don't see a ring, a nugget and a seal. All I see is gold.'
An excerpt from 'Why is God Laughing?' written by Deepak Chopra.