Two approaches to power: A parable

I copy/pasted this from Jim Collins:

Two close boyhood friends grow up and go their separate ways. One becomes a humble monk, the other a rich and powerful minister to the king. Years later they meet. As they catch up, the minister (in his fine robes) takes pity on the thin, shabby monk. Seeking to help, he says:

‘You know, if you could learn to cater to the king, you wouldn’t have to live on rice and beans.’

The monk replies: ‘If you could learn to live on rice and beans, you wouldn’t have to cater to the king.’