The story below is currently circulating around the web. The origial author is unknown, and I don’t know if story is true or just a fabel. But the message it sends is truly genuine and important to every one of us. Therefore I republish the story in the spirit of The Econotwist without any comments, and in its original English language. Please read and think….
“If we are to grow good corn, we must help our neighbors grow good corn.”
(Article in English, google translation in Norwegian)
“How can you afford to share your best seed corn with your neighbors when they are entering corn in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.
“Why sir,” said the farmer, “didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior corn, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corn. If I am to grow good corn, I must help my neighbors grow good corn.”
He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corn cannot improve unless his neighbor’s corn also improves.
So it is in other dimensions. Those who choose to be at peace must help their neighbors to be at peace. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.
The lesson for each of us is this: if we are to grow good corn, we must help our neighbors grow good corn.