A Good Story
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Since: Jan 11
#1 Oct 17, 2013
Here is a story which is analogous to the USA 's current economic/geopolitical posturing and circumstance, that I think will be well understood. Its about four shipwrecked inhabitants on an island.
Four people--three Asians and an American--found theirselves shipwrecked on an island. Led by the American, the group strategized a survival plan--allocating duties among the four members.
One Asian would fish all day; another would hunt for game and make clothing. The third Asian would build a shelter, make tools, and cook the food.
The American, who by happenstance held onto his pistol while the boat capsized, held the duty of consuming the lions' share of the meals, and leading a daily speech of thanksgiving--to the ocean, island and Mother Nature, Herself--for providing a bounty of food for their sustenance.
The Asians were grateful for his role, for, had it not been for the American, the value of their labor would be naught and their efforts fruitless. Of course, he would graciously share with his fellow inhabitants that food--albeit not much--which was left over,for them to eat.
The foursome grew close over time, and one day,their great pain was equally shared when their brother fisherman was found washed ashore; he had drown in the sea.
A tribute was held--led by the American--to honor his life and hard work. The two remaining Asians wept as the American beautifully euligized their fallen brother, lamenting the great loss and describing the fisherman's dedication to his work on the island.
He surprised the two Asians with his testimony that, only days before, their brother fisherman attempted to teach him to fish for himself--for the American had gained much weight while serving his duties--and their brother--compassionate as the kindest of brothers could be--expressed to the American his desire to share his skill with him.
"Perhaps God has not found me worthy of learning my brother's great skill, for he was truly a master fisherman and loyal brother", sobbed the American through his heartfelt declination. It was noticed by the two Asians, oddly, that the American had cast a suspicious glance toward them at the end of his sermon, and that his speech was slurred.
And so the trio pressed on. Perhaps an expression of grief from their loss, suspicions grew over time among the three remaining brothers. It was suddenly customary for the American to accompany one of the two Asians at any given time while hunting or preparing food, respectively.
Fishing duties were now shared among the two Asians, who grew to distrust each other over suspicions of the others pilfering of food. Only when they came to blows one evening, did the American step in to mediate between the two. Such hostility lingered for a lengthy period of time afterward.
It was after a particularly large meal one evening and when the American--who had been slurring his words all night--had fallen into a deep sleep, did the two Asians have their first conversation in quite a long time. It was noticed by the both of them that, the American had had his pistol in his hand as he slept, and each acknowledged witnessing him sleep that way every night.
After much discussion, the Hunter and Builder came to realize the error of their ways. They spoke of how the American manipulated them into mistrust and envy of one another, and most importantly, of the value in both their work unto itself.
The next morning, when the body of the American washed ashore--for he had met the fisherman's end--the two Asians planned and worked for what would prove to be the largest meal either of them had ever eaten. They vowed that evening that, neither of them would ever work for the sake of another man, and would never doubt the conviction of their own mind.
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