put your ax in the wood get your focus fixed, keep your body in the ring gotta take some licks November 5, 2013

Excited isn’t the word for the arrival of the new Mason Jennings album, the songs have enticed many words and thoughts.

Years back I blogged about freedom and what I thought it would take to achieve freedom, and years later….I still don’t know what’s holding me back.  I suppose it’s the conditions in which we’re all educated, and what the construct trains us to be.  Got a great job, got money in the back, security and all that….so what perils the mind?……1) living off a system in which is broke and wondering if it’ll ever be fixed again, and more importantly 2) How much is enough?, which brings me to the story below —

The American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican replied, “only a little while.”

The American then asked why he didn’t stay out longer and catch more fish?

The Mexican said he had enough to support his family’s immediate needs.

The American then asked, “but what do you do with the rest of your time?”

The Mexican fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria, stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life.”

The American scoffed, “I am a Harvard MBA and could help you. You should spend more time fishing and with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat, and with the proceeds from the bigger boat you could buy several boats. Eventually, you would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would control the product, processing and distribution. You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run your expanding enterprise.”

The Mexican fisherman asked, “But, how long will this take?”

To which the American replied, “15-20 years.”

“But what then?”

The American laughed and said that’s the best part. “When the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your company stock to the public and become very rich, you would make millions.”

“Millions?” asked the fisherman, “Then what?”

The American said, “Then you would retire. Move to a small coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife, stroll to the village in the evening, sip wine and play your guitar with your amigos!”

(Author Unknown)

Certainly if you’d give this to a rational person they’d go, wow, that sounds like a great life in that village, and that’s the way life’s supposed to be.  Have a look at the folks in a typical cube and think, wow, its evolution baby. :-(

My opinion on where it’s all gone wrong, money, money, money, and how its infiltrated every inch of western society and it’s spreading like wildfire — and no awareness on what’s important or what’s enough —

What will save us perhaps?  Bitcoin, but that’s for another day — the creator should get a Nobel Prize, instead the establishment will fight it to no avail, and with one fail swoop, will knock the capitalist casino off of true productivity, and we can commence to having the good ol’ days once again.

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