Mulla Nasrudin was cutting a branch off a tree in his garden one day. While he was sawing, a man passed by in the street and said, “Excuse me, but if continue to saw that branch like that, you will fall down with it.”
He said this because Nasrudin was sitting Nasrudin said nothing. He thought, “This is some foolish person who has no work to do but go around telling other people what to do and what not to do.”
The man continued on his way. Of course, after a few minutes, the branch fell and Nasrudin fell with it. “My God!” he cried. “That man knows the future!” He ran after him to ask how long he was going to live. But the man had already gone.