This is one of my useless childhood memories.
Today I thought about this again as I was reflecting on how much I am worth as a person. I was talking to a friend about this, and realized that I think that my value as a human being changes according to what day it is. Well, actually, it changes according to what I am able to produce. So if I don’t grow enough potatoes, I am less valuable than if I grow a lot—to use a metaphor from our farming community. In plain English this means that I believe, and I think many others do too, that if I do a lot of important and noticeable stuff, I am more valuable than if I don’t.
This is kind of like saying that 1 kg lead weighs more than 1 kg feathers.
Personally, I have spent too much time thinking that it is the stuff I do that makes me valuable. The thought that if I sat down and never again did another good deed I would still be as valuable as I am now is hard to believe. Hard to live by too. But I have thought about it all day and think that if we all took a deep breath and let this truth settle in our hearts, we would be a lot happier. Not to mention, we would end up with a lot more time on our hands. I think I am going to try it.