Ironic Or What?

The Barn Of FollyIt’s a fairly well known fact that 90% of the wealth of the UK is in the hands of 10% of the population, which is a shocking state of affairs in my opinion.

Of course it’s fairly easy to be shocked when you aren’t one of the 10%, but it got me wondering whether I would be any more benevolent if I were.

You may remember the fable about the rich farmer who, having grown his crops, decided that he needed to store it somewhere safe, so that the peasants of the area couldn’t get their thieving hands on any of it. So he set about building a huge barn, and made it secure so it kept out the riff-raff.

It must have taken him quite a while to build it, but finally it was finished, and he was happy that his crops would now be safe. Of course, there was far more than he would ever need himself, but he locked it all away and hoarded it for his old age. Ironically, the night the barn was finished, he died in his sleep.

So the adage that ‘you can’t take it with you’ is anything but new. So I suppose the lesson from the story is, if you have enough of anything, money, food, whatever, you are fortunate. If you have more than enough, you are more than fortunate, and you might consider sharing some of it with others less fortunate, particularly in these austere times.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elizabeth
    Aug 07, 2014 @ 16:02:06

    It will be nice if everybody could share what is too much. But this doesn’t happen, at least we can try do our part.

    Reply

    • Anupadin
      Aug 07, 2014 @ 16:08:50

      I try to do my bit, spending in charity shops, donating to causes I support and buying the Big Issue, but compared to what could be done by some of the Fat Cats, it’s p*ssing in the wind. Namaste ~ Anupadin

      Reply

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