Thursday, September 21, 2006

A story

I would like to share with you what a fellow blogger and very close friend, Nadine, blogged. Communities rely on its stories to enculture people. This story, i feel is largely missing in "modern" society (though not in all parts of the world, KL and Singapore are not exceptions). More and more our societies are becoming individualistic. And in this entry, i found that what could makes human being, a truly 'superior' species.

All credit goes to Nadine for sharing with us her story:

Da Stone Soup Moral

The Wisdom Of Sharing- This is one of my favorite parable stories I wanna share with y'all. Depicting our human nature when it comes to our everyday wants & needs.

"There are many variations on the story of stone soup, but they all involve a traveler coming into a town beset by famine. The inhabitants try to discourage the traveler from staying, fearing he wants them to give him food. They tell him in no uncertain terms that there's no food anywhere to be found. The traveler explains that he oesn't need any food and that, in fact, he was planning to make a soup to share with all of them. The villagers watch suspiciously as he builds a fire and fills a cauldron with water. With great ceremony, he pulls a stone from a bag, dropping the stone into the pot of water. He sniffs the brew extravagantly and exclaims how delicious stone soup is. As the villagers begin to show interest, he mentions how good the soup would be with just a little cabbage in it. A villager brings out a cabbage to share. This episode repeats itself until the soup has cabbage, carrots, onions, and beets-indeed, a substantial soup that feeds everyone in the village".

This story addresses the human tendency to hoard in times of deprivation. When resources are scarce, we pull back and put all of our energy into self preservation. We isolate ourselves and shut out others. As the story of stone soup reveals, in doing so, we often deprive ourselves and everyone else of a feast. This metaphor plays out beyond the realm of food. We hoard ideas, love, and energy, thinking we will be richer if we keep to them to ourselves, when in truth we make the world, and ourselves, poorer whenever we greedily stockpile our reserves. The traveler was able to see that the villagers were holding back, and he had the genius to draw them out and inspire them to give, thus creating a spread that none of them could have created alone.

Are you like one of the villagers, holding back? If you come forward and share your gifts, you will inspire others to do the same. The reward is a banquet that can nourish many.

*NJ* (L)

I would like to add, that this idea of sharing should not just be within humans, but should be shared with the rest of Mother Nature. Trust, you would know that the limits to the application of this story is defined by you.


Steph said...

Wow! It's been awhile since I've heard of parable stories and I absolutely love this one!

Parables are so short and simple yet so powerful in conveying a message! It's a pity that I don't know many.

Great job on your friend, Nadine! and you too for sharing this!

Kai Ting said...

A nice story that everyone should know, but i doubt humans will share after reading this~ :)

tkj said...

Never read that one myself but it is indeed a goodie!

astrorat said...

Dear Steph,

I agree! i love this one too. I love the way Nadine writes!

Dear Kai Ting,

I would like to be a little bit more optimistic about my fellow creatures ;) like that M Jackson said so eloquently in his song, that change starts with the "man in the mirror"

Dear TKJ,

I did not realize that you had blogrolled me. We seem to have similar stories! ie. passion for clin psych! i just added you :)

kai ting said...

Yeah, I love to be optimistic, but dream and reality seems rather different to me~ But i definitely wish 'sharing' is the next point of human civilization~ see ya around~