Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there lived a king whose castle was modest but whose subjects were safe, prosperous, and content. However, one day, an old man appeared at the king's doorstep and foretold a terrible prophecy: the rain would stop pouring, the river would stop flowing, and the kingdom would face a bleak future.
Fearing for his people's well-being, the king had a well dug specifically for the royal family, but with enough water to sustain the entire kingdom in an emergency. Years passed, but the prophecy seemed to fade into obscurity, until one day, people started acting crazy and unpredictable. The kingdom was thrown into chaos as more and more people became afflicted with this mysterious madness.
The royal chemist, baffled by this phenomenon, delved into experiments on the river and discovered that it was polluted by an unexplained germ or spell. Everyone in the kingdom had been drinking from it, including himself and his family. Desperate for a solution, the chemist sought a way to remedy the polluted river.
However, it was too late. The entire kingdom had already fallen into madness, except for the king and his family, who had been drinking from their well. As a result, the people began to accuse the king of being crazy and unfit to rule, just as they had done with other afflicted individuals.
Fearing for his throne and legacy, the king chose to drink from the polluted river like everyone else in the kingdom. To his relief, the madness lifted from him, and his subjects hailed him as their sound king once more. He had kept his throne and kingdom but at a great cost.
Disclaimer: While this fairy tale may suggest that joining the crazies is the only way to prevail, it is important to note that in real life, mental illness and health should not be taken lightly. Seeking professional help and support for individuals struggling with mental health issues is crucial. Additionally, educating oneself and others about mental health can help combat stigmatization and promote understanding and empathy.
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