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Passion Islam I December 2008 CORRESPONDENCE I 27
is man’s
threat to
man - the Fisherman
of hatred
for a
of reason.
Sent in by Amy, Somerset
An investment banker was at the pier of have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of
a small coastal village when a small boat selling your catch to a middleman you
with just one fisherman docked. Inside the would sell directly to the processor;
small boat were several large yellow fin eventually opening your own cannery. You
tuna. The investment banker complimented would control the product, processing and
the fisherman on the quality of his fish and distribution. You would need to leave this
is the only
asked how long it took to catch them. small coastal fishing village and move to
a big town and eventually to the the city
thing that
The fisherman replied, “Only a little while.” where you will run your ever-expanding
should be
The investment banker then asked, “Why
didn’t you stay out longer and catch more The fisherman asked, “But, how long will
fish?” this all take?”
by color.
The fisherman said, “With this I have To which the investment banker replied,
more than enough to support my family’s “15 to 20 years.”
“But what then?” asked the fisherman.
You must
The investment banker then asked, “But
what do you do with the rest of your The investment banker laughed and said
be the
time?” that’s the best part. “When the time is right
you would announce an IPO and sell your
The fisherman said, “I sleep late, fish a company stock to the public and become
little, play with my children, take siesta with very rich, you would make millions.”
you wish
my wife, stroll into the village each evening
and spend time with my family, I have a full “Millions?...Then what?”
to see in
and busy life.”
The investment banker said, “Then you
the world.
The investment banker scoffed, “I am a would retire. Move to a small coastal
Harvard MBA and could help you. You fishing village where you would sleep
should spend more time fishing; and with late, fish a little, play with your kids, take
the proceeds, buy a bigger boat: With the siesta with your wife, stroll to the village
proceeds from the bigger boat you could in the evenings and spend time with your
buy several boats. Eventually you would family.”
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