Philosophy practiced is the goal of learning. - Thoreau
Three in the Morning, Four in the Afternoon
There was a man who liked monkeys. He had a lot of them in his house. He understood his monkeys and the monkeys understood him. It cost a lot of money to care for all these monkeys, but he was afraid to stop buying them food in case they get upset. So he tried to reason with his monkeys.
“I’ll give you three chestnuts in the morning and four in the afternoon,” he told them. But they didn’t like that.
“Then I’ll give you four in the morning and three in the afternoon.”The monkeys were happy.
This morning, my wife had to leave the house early. A fine Saturday, I had planned to work on the landscaping, then watch football this afternoon, while helping my youngest daughter build a bridge out of toothpicks for her physics class.
She left me a note asking me to additionally clean the floor under the washer and dryer. This is the single chore around the house I dislike the most.
At first, I just didn't want to do it. I had already made my plans. I could clean the floor on Sunday. then I thought about it. What's really the difference. It has to be done.
I cleaned the floor, I got my yardwork done, I found I even had enough time take some stuff to the recycling center. I worked on the bridge and watched my football games, and my wife was happy.
Any conflict was all in my head. Am I any wiser than the monkeys in the Chinese story?