THE RICH

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Hi
My short story is based on moral about what is actually a real richness
Hope you will enjoy my story

One day,someone in the class asked the following questions,

1. What is ZERO? 2.What is INFINITY? 3. Can ZERO and INFINITY be same?

We all thought that we knew the answers and we replied as following,

ZERO means *nothing* INFINITY means *a number greater than any countable number* ZERO and INFINITY *are opposite and they can never be same*

He countered us by first talking about infinity and asked, ‘How can there be any number which is greater than any countable number?’

We had no answers.

He then explained the concept of infinity in a very interesting way,

He said that imagine that there is an illiterate shepherd who can count only upto 20.

Now, if the number of sheep he has less than 20 and you ask him how many sheep he has, he can tell you the precise number (like 3, 5 14 etc.). However, if the number is more than 20, he is likely to say “TOO MANY”.

He then explained that in science infinity means ‘too many’ (and not uncountable) and in the same way zero means ‘too few’ (and not nothing)

As an example, he said that if we take the diameter of the Earth as compared to distance between Earth and Sun, the diameter of earth can be said to zero since it is too small.

However, when we compare the same diameter of earth with the size of a grain, diameter of earth can be said to be infinite.

Hence, he concluded that the same thing can be ZERO and INFINITE at the same time, depending on the context, or your matrix of comparison.

The relationship between richness and poverty is similar to the relationship between infinity and zero.

It all depends on the scale of comparison with your wants.

If your income is more than your wants, you are rich. If your wants are more than your income, you are poor.

I consider myself rich because my wants are far less than my income.

I have become rich not so much by acquiring lots of money, but by progressively reducing my wants.

If you can reduce your wants, you too can become rich at this moment

HOPE YOU WILL BE RICH


Submitted: November 27, 2020

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Peter Piper

Hi Shami, an interesting simple and beautiful idea; one that the world should adopt. Knowing yourself is the first step on the long road to aquiring wisdom and it seems you are well on the way. Unfortunately, for the majority of people on the planet self preservation and later greed clouds the judgment. Social media reminds most folk of what they are missing and its hard to resist. I shall try to take up the challenge and join your world. Good luck with your writing; best wishes Peter

Fri, November 27th, 2020 1:27pm

Peter Piper

Hi Shami, an interesting simple and beautiful idea; one that the world should adopt. Knowing yourself is the first step on the long road to aquiring wisdom and it seems you are well on the way. Unfortunately, for the majority of people on the planet self preservation and later greed clouds the judgment. Social media reminds most folk of what they are missing and its hard to resist. I shall try to take up the challenge and join your world. Good luck with your writing; best wishes Peter

Fri, November 27th, 2020 1:27pm

anugya20

Really nice concept! And well written too. :)

Sat, November 28th, 2020 6:40am

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Thank you

Fri, November 27th, 2020 10:51pm

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