One of my friends told me the outline of the following story (dialogues are mine) just before we joined college. Somehow, that story still lingers on in my mind. So, I thought why not share it.
The story is about a poor fisherman and a rich merchant. One day, a rich merchant notices the fisherman sleeping near the shore. He goes and wakes him up, and the following dialogues are exchanged between them.
“Why are you sleeping in the afternoon? Why don’t you go and fish?”
“I have already caught enough fish for this week”
“Well then, why don’t you catch some more – you’ll get more money for them right?”
“Well, I might. But what to do with it?”
“That’s just the stupidest question I have heard in a long time. You can buy a new boat, you can buy a cell phone, you can buy a car, you can buy a house, and if you have saved enough, you can even buy a villa along the seashore”
“And then what?”
“You can sleep peacefully…..”
“For your information, I already have a villa by the seashore – that’s my hut. And what do you think I was doing before you woke me up?”
I am not saying that one of them was wrong. Both were right, in their perspective. But the perspectives are extreme – the fisherman does not save for emergencies, and the merchant saves too much money but utilizes a very little of it. Or worse, he spoils the younger generation by giving them ‘free money’!
Make hay while the sun shines. But if you make too much hay that you are never going to eat (or the cow is never going to eat), all those efforts that went in to making it becomes a waste.
Actually, this one is for the politicians. Election special 😛