MUST READ Life: explained

PatRiley

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came across this on the web, thought I'd share with NT. enjoy 

[h1]Life:[/h1][h2]Explained[/h2]
A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

"Not very long," answered the Mexican.

"But then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.

The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"

"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life."

The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat."

"And after that?" asked the Mexican.

"With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise."

"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.

"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.

"And after that?"

"Afterwards? Well my friend, that's when it gets really interesting," answered the American, laughing. "When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!"

"Millions? Really? And after that?" asked the Mexican.

"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends."

And the moral of this story is: ......... Know where you're going in life... you may already be there.
 
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Originally Posted by heirjordan15

And the moral of this story is: ......... Know where you're going in life... you may already be there.    Americans are ignorant, greedy, fat, etc and unhappy
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There's actually a lot of truth to that story.

The only thing is that America was built for business. Look at its history.
 

davis

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Originally Posted by seniosoul

Originally Posted by heirjordan15

And the moral of this story is: ......... Know where you're going in life... you may already be there.    Americans are ignorant, greedy, fat, etc and unhappy
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. it's true.
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sustenance living might work in a third world country, but all everyone did all day is fish and drink then there would be no advancement, no toilets, no toilet paper, no air conditioning, and damn sure not enough food and toilet paper for everyone.

that story is misguided and idealistic, not grounded in any reality. stop smoking.
 
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Meh.

Life isn't that simple. Everybody aint living that Mexican's life and knowing where your going in your own life is easier said than done.
 

soggymayo

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Originally Posted by seniosoul

Originally Posted by heirjordan15

And the moral of this story is: ......... Know where you're going in life... you may already be there.    Americans are ignorant, greedy, fat, etc and unhappy
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Ignorance is bliss
 

antonlavey

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People place so much value on things that at the end of the day aren't worth a thing. Do what you love, love what you do....don't let things own you. Enjoy the simple pleasures in life.
 
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--I think there's more to the moral than what was presented.
--Be happy with what you got. Not unhappy with what you dont got.
 
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Another thing to take away is that there is an easier path to happiness. Sometimes its right in front of us. We dont always have to abide to society's rules and standards to achieve something that might not even be right for us personally.
 

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Originally Posted by infamousod

sustenance living might work in a third world country, but all everyone did all day is fish and drink then there would be no advancement, no toilets, no toilet paper, no air conditioning, and damn sure not enough food and toilet paper for everyone.

that story is misguided and idealistic, not grounded in any reality. stop smoking.
 
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