Counting our Blessings
Robert Heilbroner, who has written dozens of books on the subject of the economy and material wealth, suggests that we go through a little mental exercise that will help us count our blessings. Imagine doing the following, and you will see how our daily life is far more comfortable than a billion people in the world.
- Take out all the furniture in your house except for one table and a couple
of chairs. Use blanket and pads for beds.
- Take away all of your clothing except for your oldest dress or
shirt and one habit. Leave only one pair of shoes.
- Empty the pantry and the refrigerator except for a small bag of dilis,
some sugar and salt, a few potatoes, some onions, and a dish of dried beans.
- Dismantle the bathroom, shut off the running water, and remove all the
electrical wiring in your house.
- Take away the house itself and move the community into the tool shed.
- Place your house in a shantytown.
- Cancel all subscriptions to newspapers, magazines, and book and internet connections.
- Leave only one transistor radio for the whole community.
- Move the nearest hospital or clinic ten kilometers away and put a nurse -in-charge instead of a doctor.
- Throw away your bankbooks, stock certificates, pension plans, and insurance policies. Leave the community a cash hoard of five thousand pesos. .
- Give the community a few hectares to cultivate on which they can raise a few hundred pesos of cash crops, of which one third will go to the common fund and one tenth to charity.
- Lop off twenty-five or more years in life expectancy.
By comparison how blessed we are! But with our blessings come responsibility. We should use our blessings wisely, not be wasteful, and help others.