Money topics that relate to money and spirituality and happiness are always interesting (or I think so anyway). So at the risk of advocating poverty I thought I'd throw this little story into the mix. Many of you have probably heard it before.
Just to be clear, I'm just throwing it in as a little bit of food for thought, not looking to particularly challenge anyone or rock the boat (bad pun - see story). Hope you like.
So a simple fisherman was sitting on the beach cooking a fish over a fire (note: I'm not recommending eating anything with a face, I'm actually a strict veggie, but the story doesn't work the same with a potato or a turnip! LOL) and this other guy walks past him and notes the beautiful big fish that is being cooked.
He asks the fisher man if he caught it himself and he replied he did, and that the waters round these parts were rich and extremely plentiful in such fish.
The other fellow suggested that if the fisherman could put forth more time and effort he could sell some fish, then he could buy nets and increase the size of his catch and consequently make each sailing trip more profitable and therefore have more money to spend.
"And what would the benefit be to me?" enquired the fisherman.
"Well," said the other fellow,"the profits could be used to buy more boats, you could build a fleet and increase the sizes of your catches. More catches, more profits. With more profits you could get others to work for you. They in turn would earn even more money for you and you would get richer and richer!"
The fisherman gave this some thought ... "and then what?"
"You don't get it do you?" said the other fellow "You could invest overseas in other fishing businesses. Eventually you could have the world's largest fleet of ships with the latest technology, sailing the seas you would make millions, billions even, you will make all the money you need to retire and have a comfortable life."
"And what would I do when I retire?" enquired the fisherman.
The passer-by man pondered this for a moment and said "well, erm, you could retire here and rest on the beach, relax, take it easy and enjoy life, couldn't you?"
"But thats what I'm doing now" said the fisherman!
Last edited: 6-11-2006 11:27:17 PM