Once upon a time, there lived a farmer who grew high quality award winning corn. Each year he would enter in the state farmer’s fair and win a gold award for his exceptionally good corns.
The farmer’s high quality corn was praised all around in the state. The success story of his exceptional corn reached the ears of a journalist and he wanted to interview the farmer. While he was learning about the agriculture process of the farmer, he discovered that the farmer shared his best quality seeds with his neighbors.
“How can you afford to share your best corn seeds with your neighbors when some of them compete with you in the agriculture fair?”, asked the curious reporter.
“Why wouldn’t I Sir?”, asked the farmer. “Didn’t you know that the wind picks up pollen from the ripening corn and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbors grow inferior quality corn, cross pollination would eventually degrade the quality of my corn too. If I am to grow high quality corn, I must help my neighbors grow a good corn too.”
The farmer’s answer made the reporter realize how aware the old farmer was about connections in life.
It is the same with our life. Those who choose to live in peace must help others around them to live in peace too. The one who wishes to be loved, must first learn to love others too. The one who chooses to live well must help to make others live well too, as the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. Those who choose to be happy must let others find their happiness as the welfare of each is intertwined with the welfare of all.