Mayor Davis based his re-election campaign on a promise to get tougher on crime. In his speech, he promised to put more police or the street and to build a newer and larger jail. He promised a tax rebate for home alarm systems and burglar bars. Finally, he promised to “put more bad people in prison so more good people could feel safe.”

The Mayor received a standing ovation from everyone but Texas Buddha, who sat politely with his hands folded.  After the thunderous applause died down, the Mayor said, “It looks like we have one dissenter.”

After an awkward silence, Texas Buddha rose to his feet and said, “Friends, can you not see what is happening? If we succeed in putting all the “bad” people in jail, and all the “good” people live safely behind burglar bars, our fear will have turned the entire world into a prison?”