Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Too Many Just Consuming

Recently, it seems some in this country would rather receive a fish versus learn to fish. The saying, "give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day, teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life," reminded me of a recent email I received:
A self-important college freshman walking along the beach took it upon himself to explain to a senior citizen resting on the steps why it was impossible for the older generation to understand his generation.

"You grew up in a different world, actually an almost primitive one" the student said loud enough for others to hear. "The young people of today grew up with television, jet planes, space travel and man walking on the moon. We have nuclear energy, ships and cell phones, computers with light speed...and many more."

After a brief silence the senior citizen responded as follows. "You're right son. We didn't have those things when we were young...so we invented them. Now, you arrogant young man what are you doing for the next generation? The applause was amazing!

The U.S. needs to get away from giving everyone a fish.

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