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How much is enough?

Indian priest Anthony de Mello tells this story.


“A rich industrialist from the North was horrified to find a 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 them?”

“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 money to buy nylon nets. These would bring you more fish and more money. Soon you would have enough money to own two boats…maybe 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?” said the fisherman


Taken from today’s reflection in Common Prayer: a liturgy for ordinary radicals

3 thoughts on “How much is enough?”

  1. Not new but such a necessary reminder for me today.
    And it does a good job of exposing the roiling, restless heart of capitalism.


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