The Parable of the Talents goes something like this:
A wealthy man splits his talents (a unit of currency) among three of his servants before he leaves town. Upon his return, he asks the servants for an accounting of the talents.
The first servant had taken the five talents given to him and put them to work, earning five more. The second servant had taken the two talents given to him and also doubled them, earning two more. The third servant, who had only been given one talent, only had the one talent to return. When questioned by his master, the third servant explained that he was too afraid to put the talent to work so he hid the talent in the ground.
I never realized it until now, but it’s quite possible, although I’m not yet sure, that the modern day term for the third servant — the one who did nothing with his talent but bury it in the ground, the one who was too afraid to take what he was given and multiply it into something more — the modern day term for that person is “someone who practices law.”