So one day he decided to test the master.
Holding a bird in his hands behind his back, he asked, “Master, they say you’re wise, can you tell me whether the bird in my hand is dead or alive?”
The boy thought if the master said it was alive, he would wring its neck and kill it. If he said it was dead, he would let it fly. Either way he’d prove the master was wrong.
The master smiled knowing what the boy thinking and said, “The answer is in your hands.”