13. Where Do You Sit in the Circle?

While the stoner packed a bowl in a small blue pipe, a circle of friends gathered around him. But the stoner saw his friends crowd to his left, and this made him sad.

“You have heard it said, ‘Left is law,’ but you have learned the wrong lesson. Do not serve yourselves, but the circle.”

The stoner glanced at his best friend, who sat to his right, and he said, “I say unto you the 13th Rule of Thumb: The seat of highest honor is the one to my right. By putting yourself last, you put the circle first.”

When the stoner finished packing the bowl, he passed it to the left.