Here is a good story I heard…
There was this small village in a bay, next to the Ocean in
The man owned a fishing net, that he would cast from the shore every evening for about an hour, to catch a few fish to eat. He sat around at night, played his guitar and drank homemade wine.
One day an American drove by the little road in front of his hut, stopped and started talking to the man. The American said…
Why don’t you fish more hours every day, so you can catch more fish, sell them to the local restaurants and then with the profit buy a small boat. “Why would I want to do that?” the man asked.
So later with the profit from buying the fish, you can buy a bigger boat and catch more fish to sell for more profit. “Why would I want to do that?” the man asked.
So later you can open a small canning factory and can your own fish for bigger profit. “Why would I want to do that?” the man asked.
So eventually, you can own a big canning factory, export your product and make millions. “Why would I want to do that?” the man asked.
So in about 20 years, you can buy yourself a little piece of land on the beach, drink wine, lay in the hammock and play guitar with no worries.
The Thai man scratched his forehead and mumbled to himself, “crazy foreigners”
P E R S P E C T I V E
If the population of the Earth was reduced to
that of a small town with 100 people, it would look
something like this:
14 Americans (northern and southern)
6 people would own 59% of the whole world
wealth and all of them will be from the United States.
80 would have bad living conditions
70 would be uneducated
1 would die
2 would be born
1 would have a computer
1 (only one) will have higher education
When you look at the world from this point of
view, you can see there is a real need for solidarity,
understanding, patience and education.
Also think about the following:
This morning, if you woke up healthy, then you
are happier than the 1 million people that will not
survive next week.
If you never suffered a war, the
loneliness of the jail cell, the agony of torture,
or hunger, you are happier than 500
million people in the world.
If you can enter into a church, mosque,
synagogue, etc without fear of jail or death,
you are happier than 3 million people in
If there is food in your fridge, you have
shoes and clothes,
you have bed and a roof, you are richer
then 75% of the people in the world.
If you have bank account, money in your
wallet and some coins in the money-box,
you belong to the 8% of the people on the
world, who are well-to-do.
If you read this you are three times blessed
1. somebody just thought of you.
2 . you don't belong to the 200
million people that cannot
3 . and... you have a computer!
Somebody once said:
"- work as if you don't need money,
- love as if you've never been hurt,
- dance, as if nobody can see you,
- sing, as if no one can hear,
- live, as if the Earth was a heaven."
With Compliments of Mon and Kurt's Restaurant, Chiang Dao,