I would like to share to you a simple story that my philosophy professor told me when I was still in college.
I am posting the story as is, with the same words as it was told to me many years ago. I will not add my thought nor will I talk about the relevance of this story to my life and to my philosophy class.
How and why this story got stuck in my limited brain cells this long, is for you to find out – if you care to understand.
So clear your minds and read on.
Not too long ago there were two good friends. Kulas was an ambitious kid, a risk-taker and a dreamer. Everyday, he tells himself “I will become big one day.” On the other hand his friend Pedro, was his exact opposite. Pedro never dreamed of anything and was satisfied with his life.
Kulas left to follow and fulfill his dreams while Pedro stayed.
After many years, the two good friends met. Somewhere near their old homes, he found his old friend doing something by the roadside. After the usual kumustahan (exchanges of hellos and how are you), Kulas, now a successful man began asking Pedro these questions.
Kulas: What are you doing?
Pedro: I am digging the ditch.
Kulas: Why are you digging the ditch?
Pedro: This is my work.
Kulas: Why do you need to work?
Pedro: I need to work so I can earn money?
Kulas: Why do you need money?
Pedro: I need money so I can buy food.
Kulas: Why do you need food?
Pedro: I need food so I can eat.
Kulas: Why do you need to eat?
Pedro: I need to eat so I will have strength.
Kulas: Why do you need strength?
Pedro: I need strength so I can do what I am doing now.