I remember this story when I was in grade school about a nomad that traveled around the country and when he was hungry he would go into a town and proclaim that he could make soup from a stone. The townsfolk were skeptical but at the same time enticed by the claim and so they offered every assistance including water, spices, vegetables, and meat to help him make his stone soup. In the end the town was all gathered conversing, eating, enjoying the fellowship that resulted from their very own labors but somehow unaware that they had in fact been duped. Now the question I put to you is was it a con or was it a way to get the entire town involved in something that benefited everyone or maybe was it both? Is it sometimes necessary to use misdirection in order to make large strides toward the greater good?