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June 29, 2007
>>> New Mexico: Some Pictures and A Story:
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Friday - June 29, 2007
New Mexico: Some Pictures and A
It's easy to forget how beautiful the Earth
is. A visit to New Mexico
will remind you. Here are some pictures of this
is a story I like. It is called the
American Tourist and The Mexican Fisherman
A story similar in spirit to the philosophy of Chuang Tzu
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..
then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.
explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.
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.
the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar,
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.
the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money the larger boat
bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet
"Instead of selling your fish to a middleman, you can negotiate directly with the
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
"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican..
"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American
"And after that?"
"Afterwards? That's when it gets really interesting," answered the American,
"When your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make
"Millions? Really? And after that?"
"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast,
play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta, and spend your evenings drinking
and enjoying your friends!"