Once upon a time, there was a man who wanted to be emperor. This was particularly convenient because he was in line for the throne.
The problem with this man was that, like many politicians, he was a fool and lazy and didn’t want to do work. So, when he finally became emperor, he decided to call all of his advisers for a meeting.
“I hate work!” the emperor yelled, “So, it is your job as my royal advisers to come up with a way for me not to have to do work!”
His advisers were confused, but decided to indulge the emperor nonetheless, possibly because he’d kill them otherwise.
One adviser, with fear and trembling, told the emperor that, if he wanted to feel like he had less work to do, he could get an education beyond a second grade level. That way, hard work might seem easier with his newfound skills. The emperor, of course, despised this idea. What’s harder work than school?! Besides, the emperor had a third grade education. How dare this adviser assume otherwise. So, the emperor dismissed the adviser (and by “dismissed” I mean the adviser was beheaded).
The second adviser, with fear and trembling, told the emperor that if he wanted to delegate his work to others, he could just have children. This way, his children and rightful heirs could do the work they would eventually inherit anyway. On the surface, this seemed like a good idea. Until, the emperor recalled the fact that there was no way he could win a wife because he was lazy, unmotivated, and didn’t like putting in the effort to talk to people (which is an important element of relationships, or so he was told). And so, the embarrassed and very alone emperor dismissed the adviser (and by “dismissed” I mean the adviser was sentenced to watching every season of The Bachelor ever made because he had insulted the emperor’s love life. A fate just as bitter as death).
The last adviser, with fear and trembling, told the emperor that he could clone himself if he wanted someone else to do the work in the kingdom. The emperor didn’t think this idea was half bad. So, he funded the adviser’s research to develop cloning technology.
Once the adviser created the cloning technology, he told the emperor, “We are ready for you, your majesty. After today, you will never have to work again!”
And so, the emperor stepped into the cloning chamber. Soon, there were dozens of emperors wandering around the kingdom!
But what the emperor didn’t realize was that, in cloning himself, he was the ONLY person doing work in the kingdom!
That’s right– the emperor had to watch himself do work everywhere.
When he walked into the laundry room, he was the one washing his delicates.
When he ran past the kitchen, he was the one emptying the trash. .
When he went to the bathroom, he had to plunge his own toilet.
When he watched TV, he was the one giving his own speeches.
And in a few short weeks, he was the only one of himself who was STILL SINGLE.
The emperor couldn’t believe it. He was a laughingstock. Just imagine– going to the grocery store and seeing your emperor buying his own chicken for dinner! It was maddening.
But there was nothing the emperor could do now. Which, ironically, was just the way he liked it.