Earl Martin, From Day 5 of the Trek Program from the Mennonite Central Committee
David Schrock-Shenk, Project Coordinator
Sometimes I am tempted to think if I could accumulate a sufficient nest egg, I could relax and have time for what I consider the important things in life: quality time with friends and family, or service with folks who have experienced hard times, I have an unsettling feeling some fallacy lies hidden in this logic, that I am missing some liberating paradox of biblical proportions. A story of Anthony de Mello, the priest from India, reminds me of that paradox.
The rich industrialist from the North was horrified to find the Southern fisherman lying leisurely beside his boat.
“Why aren’t you fishing?” asked the industrialist. “Because I have caught enough fish for the day, “ said the fisherman. “Why don’t you catch some more?” “What would I do with it?”
“You could earn more money,” was the reply. “With that you could fix a motor to your boat, go into deeper waters and catch more fish. Then you would make enough to buy nylon nets, These would bring you more fish and more money. Soon you would have enough money to own two boats ... maybe even a fleet of boats.
Then you would be a rich man like me. “What would I do then?” “Then you could really enjoy life.”
“What do you think I am doing right now?”