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We’re gonna need a bigger boat


Something a bit different. A story I’ve seen several times now but don’t know the origin of.

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3rd July 2020
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1 day ago #9833963        
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Oh, I actually know this one.

The business man works hard and looks for all sorts of ways to maximize his money and earnings, spending more time away from his family and getting stressed from not having time to pursue his hobbies or enjoy his life. The "lazy" man does what he needs to do for the interim and enjoys his free time while living a low stress life.

Yes, there are merits and downsides to both positions, and the moral of the story is to find a happy balance that allows you to make more while still being able to enjoy your life. Because really, what good is all the money in the world if you don't have time to spend or enjoy it until you're in old age?


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2 days ago #9833933        
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It's an old story, but it always leaves out what happens to the fisherman's family if he doesn't catch enough the next day, or if there's a medical emergency, or if his kids want to pursue an education.

It's important to remember that the only importance money has is that it enables the things that are important. Health is more important than money, but you aren't going to be healthy without paying for medical care and a varied diet. Family is more important than money, except it's extremely hard to keep a family together without the most basic of necessities, to say nothing of the actual financial cost of raising a kid these days. Self respect is important, but it's a lot easier to respect yourself when you have enough money that you have the option of not doing something you'd rather not do. Love is incredibly important, but curiously, love seems to be more difficult without money.


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1 day ago #9833951        
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The original source for this is a 1963 short story by Heinrich Böll titled Anekdote zur Senkung der Arbeitsmoral. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anekdote_zur_Senkung_der_Arbeitsmoral.


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2 days ago #9833932        
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Work to live, don't live to work.

MiskisM

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3 hours ago #9834043        
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"I caught all the fish I need for the day" - that phrase can be understood in two ways. Lots of people seem to think fisherman says he got only enough to get him through that day.
I have story from my own experience. I like cutting trees (mostly so forests won't be to thick and remaining trees grow fat), I work for ~2 hours per day. I also got asked question why I dont work more and earn more. My answer same as fisherman. 2 hours = 50euros profit at the very least. My living /spending expenses never reach more than 15 euros. That leaves me with 10k extra each year. So I say "I cut all the trees for they day" and do whatever I want for the rest. Be it more cutting, sleeping, drinking or whatever I want...

9 hours ago #9834028        
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And in the instances where the fisherman decides to take the capitalist up on the idea, they quickly find that the capitalist is the one selling the boats and fishing gear and the one who buys the fish, and before too long none of the fishermen in the area can afford to eat the fish they catch anymore.


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qurtuba

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12 hours ago #9834022        
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There was this spanish orange juice tycoon. When asked about the origin of his fortune, he told that when young and very hungry he was given two oranges. He peeled both, and while eating the first a tourist bought the second, peeled one. So he bought two more, peeled and sold them, and so on. "Then, that's how you became so wealthy, right?" "Hell no, I won 50 MM euros at the lottery last year. Lousy oranges just soiled my shirts"

Callid

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12 hours ago #9834020        
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This particular version (with the fisherman) is Heinrich Böll's "Anekdote zur Senkung der Arbeitsmoral" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anekdote_zur_Senkung_der_Arbeitsmoral). Similar ideas go back to antiquity, though.


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21 hours ago #9833995        
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So capitalists decided to give what he needs only if he works as much as they want.

1 day ago #9833977        
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This reminds me of "The Ant and the Grasshopper"! It's a decent reminder that humans aren't ants. Nor are they grasshoppers. If you can't ever stop to appreciate a sunrise, morning fog, salt spray, starry night, etc. then what has all the work amounted to? Of course, if you can't keep a roof over your head or food in your belly, then how much will you appreciate the snow or rain?


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