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The Burden of Wealth

7 Apr

The Burden of Wealth

Friday, April 7, 2017

 

At the edge of the town there were hills, with clean air and clear views of the sunrise, the snow covered volcanoes and the land below. It was the best place to live.

There was a road connecting these hills. It was well maintained and very smooth. It was so smooth, in fact, that it attained the nick name The Silk Road.

One reason for this is that it was long ago, before smart phones, cars – even before horses. The main source of transportation was camels, whose hooves were smooth and kept the road packed tight.

The Silk Road ran from the end of The Main Road (which divided the North and the South), and ran East in a straight line, pointing to the river and beyond, like the needle of a compass that points north.

The Main Road was referred to by many as The Needle”.

At the intersection of two roads leading to these hills was a sharp turn called The Eye”.

Over the years people accumulated wealth in these hills. More than they needed, in fact and more they felt comfortable keeping. They felt helpless as their wealth and possessions grew. They were rich.

In times of famine and need, the rich men would load up their camels with all of their wealth to bring down the hills to the people of the land. They wanted so much to give all of their wealth away.

However, each time they tried, the sharp turn at the bottom of the hill – “The Eye”- was too much for their camels to manage. They had no choice but to continue on, straight through the “Eye of The Needle”, back up the other hill and deposit their wealth with the people on the other hill, who also had already accumulated too much wealth.

So, this is way it was easier for the wealthy to pass with their camels through the eye of the needle than to give away all they owned to those who needed it most.

This was due to physics; atmospheric pressure, inertia, properties of camel hair, etc.

Hard to believe, but true.

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