The brilliance of the story is that we’re all Davids. It’s so easy to see what’s wrong in someone else. Nathan shows David to himself only by making him think he’s looking at someone else. Someone at whom all of David’s righteous indignation and moral superiority is aroused to set things right. And then, what may be the most unbelievable thing in David’s whole unbelievable saga happens. Nathan’s fable works. David actually sees that he’s the man he’s just judged. More importantly, he sees himself in a way that may just be truthful enough for him to begin to see the people around him for who they are too.