A billionaire wanted his son to experience what poverty is like, so he sent him to stay with some poor relatives who lived in a village.
After three nights in the village, the father went to collect his son. On their way home, the rich man asked his little boy, “How do you feel?”
“Pretty good,” answered his son.
“Is there any difference between our home, and theirs?” his father asked him.
“Yes a lot,” replied his son. He said:
- We have one dog; they have four.
- We have a swimming pool; they have a huge pond with clear water, and all kinds of fish in it.
- We use electric lights in our garden; they have stars, and moonlight in their yard.
- Our garden extends to the wall; their yard extends to the horizon.
- We buy our meals; they cook theirs.
- We listen to CD for music; they listen to sounds of birds, frogs, and other animals.
- We use a microwave to cook; they use wood to cook, and the food tastes much better.
- We have walls around our house; they have their front door open all the time, so friends can come by to visit.
- We cannot part with our telephone, computer, and television; they are connected with blue sky, clear water, green grass, and shady trees.
After hearing this his father was shocked to hear what his son had just said.
The little boy expressed his gratitude towards his father, saying, “thank you Dad, for letting me understand how poor we are!”
The shocking truth is the further away we move from enjoying the beauty of Mother Nature, the poorer we are.
Translated research by Yi Ming, and Monica Song.