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Let me get this straight...

We were shootin' the bull with our attorney last month in Cuenca, when the subject of class sort of rolled around.  We mentioned that in a country where there seemed to be quite a few of the very rich, and a whole lot of the very poor, it seemed a shame that there were so many high walls erected to keep them both apart.  He mentioned that he sometimes relates the following fable to the University class he teaches, just to get his very upper class students to think a little out of the box...

"One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live.

They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”

“It was great, Dad.”

“Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked.

“Oh yeah,” said the son.

“So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.

The son answered: “I saw that we have one dog and they had four.

We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.

We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.

Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

“We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.

“We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.

 We buy our food, but they grow theirs.

“We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.”

The boy’s father was speechless.

Then his son added, “Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.”

Posted on Thu, July 3, 2008 at 02:09PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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