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  • Welcome to Storyline Online, brought to you by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation.

  • I'm Rami Malek, and today I'm going to be reading to you one of my favorite books.

  • This is "The Empty Pot", written and illustrated by Demi.

  • A long time ago in China there was a boy named Ping who loved flowers.

  • Anything he planted burst into bloom. Up came flowers, bushes, and even big fruit trees, as if by magic!

  • Everyone in the kingdom loved flowers too. They planted them everywhere, and the air smelled like perfume.

  • The Emperor loved birds and animals, but flowers most of all, and he tended his own garden every day.

  • But the Emperor was very old. He needed to choose a successor to the throne.

  • Who would his successor be? And how would the Emperor choose?

  • Because the Emperor loved flowers so much, he decided to let the flowers choose.

  • The next day a proclamation was issued: All the children in the land were to come to the palace.

  • There they would be given special flower seeds by the Emperor.

  • "Whoever can show me their best in a year's time," he said, "will succeed me to the throne."

  • This news created great excitement throughout the land!

  • Children from all over the country swarmed to the palace to get their flower seeds.

  • All the parents wanted their children to be chosen Emperor, and all the children hoped they would be chosen too!

  • When Ping received his seed from the Emperor, he was the happiest child of all.

  • He was sure he could grow the most beautiful flower.

  • Ping filled a flowerpot with rich soil. He planted the seed in it very carefully.

  • He watered it every day. He couldn't wait to see it sprout, grow, and blossom into a beautiful flower!

  • Day after day passed, but nothing grew in his pot.

  • Ping was very worried. He put new soil into a bigger pot. Then he transferred the seed into the rich black soil.

  • Another two months he waited. Still nothing happened.

  • By and by the whole year passed.

  • Spring came, and all the children put on their best clothes to greet the Emperor.

  • They rushed to the palace with their beautiful flowers, eagerly hoping to be chosen.

  • Ping was ashamed of his empty pot.

  • He thought the other children would laugh at him because for once he couldn't get a flower to grow.

  • His clever friend ran by, holding a great big plant.

  • "Ping!" he said. "You're not really going to the Emperor with an empty pot, are you? Couldn't you grow a great big flower like mine?"

  • "I've grown lots of flowers better than yours," Ping said. "It's just this seed that won't grow."

  • Ping's father overheard this and said, "You did your best, and your best is good enough to present to the Emperor."

  • Holding the empty pot in his hands, Ping went straight away to the palace.

  • The Emperor was looking at the flowers slowly, one by one.

  • How beautiful all the flowers were! But the Emperor was frowning and did not say a word.

  • Finally he came to Ping.

  • Ping hung his head in shame, expecting to be punished.

  • The Emperor asked him, "Why did you bring an empty pot?"

  • Ping started to cry and replied, "I planted the seed you gave me and I watered it every day, but it didn't sprout."

  • "I put it in a better pot with better soil, but still it didn't sprout!"

  • "I tended it all year long, but nothing grew."

  • "So today I had to bring an empty pot without a flower. It was the best I could do."

  • When the Emperor heard these words, a smile slowly spread over his face, and he put his arm around Ping.

  • Then he exclaimed to one and all, "I have found him! I have found the one person worthy of being Emperor!"

  • "Where you got your seeds from, I do not know. For the seeds I gave you had all been cooked."

  • "So it was impossible for any of them to grow."

  • "I admire Ping's great courage to appear before me with the empty truth, and now I reward him with my entire kingdom and make him Emperor of all the land!"

  • What I love about "The Empty Pot" is it does allow me to look inside and realize just how much truth means.

  • Because ultimately the only consequences are feeling like you're courageous, and honorable, and a bigger person, and I guarantee you, the truth always wins.

  • So thank you to "The Empty Pot" for such a strong message. Keep telling the truth.

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ラミ・マレックが読んだ空のポット (The Empty Pot read by Rami Malek)

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    宋鴻瑜 に公開 2021 年 01 月 14 日