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 a little silver

One day a rich but miserly Hasid came to a Rabbi.  The Rabbi led him to the window. "Look out there," he said, "and tell me what you see."

"People," answered the rich man.

Then the rabbi led him to a mirror, "What do you see now?" he asked.

"I see myself," answered the Hasid.

The Rabbi said, "Behold -- in the window there is glass and in the mirror there is glass.  But the glass of the mirror is covered with a little silver, and no sooner is a little silver added than you cease to see others and see only yourself."