Since brevity is the soul of wit, I shall be brief:
Many years ago, lunch was served at the JW assemblies aka conventions, and it was very cheap and delicious and fun.But when the government in the US passed laws taxing the sale of food at the assemblies, the food was served anyway and people instead of paying, could contribute money for the food they got or hopefully should realize that food is not free. But the people, that is to say the JW, didn’t catch the drift. They were not contributing money for the food that was being served to them at the conventions. And this went on for a few years. One day at one circuit assembly, a co or some other delegate gave this discourse. This is what he said:
Once upon a time a very long time ago in a country very far away there lived a king. And one day, the king summoned all of his wise men and put a burden upon them. He asked them, I want you guys to bring to me the wisdom of the world. So they set out to accomplish their task. They came back some years later and said: Hear oh king, we have found the wisdom of the world and they hand over to the king a library of books the size like the encyclopedia britanica of years ago. The king started to read it but was too much information for him to digest so he calls back all of his wise men and instructs them, “ Look, I am never going to read all of this. It is too much to read. Consolidate it please.” So the wise men head out once again and in about a year they come to the king and tell the king: “ Oh king, We have the wisdom of the world here in this one book. The book was about the size of one Insight book of the WT. So once again the king opens the book and flips through the pages and then tells his wise men: “ You know what, it’s too much for me to read!! Can you consolidate it some more please!! So the wise men huddle around in a circle and in less that a minute they tell the king: The wisdom of the world is: THERE IS NO FREE LUNCH.
A few minutes later at the close of the morning session, they made the announcement that the brethren would have to bring their own food from now on for simplification reasons. —The end of an era.