There is No Free Lunch

There is a story about a king who called his advisers and asked them to write down the wisdom of the ages so that he could pass it on to future generations. After a lot of work, the advisers came up with several volumes of wisdom and presented them to the king. The king called his advisers and said that it was too long, that people would not read it. They had to condense it. The advisers went back to work and came back again with one chapter and then one page, and the king said the same thing still, until they came up with one sentence that satisfied the king.

The king called a general assembly and proclaimed, “One piece of wisdom that I want to pass on to our future generations is this: ‘There is no free lunch.'”

In every organisation or society, there are people who live on the charity of others, but are not willing to pay for the benefit they receive. Many able-bodied individuals are inactive and unwilling to do responsible work to benefit themselves and the society. St. Paul has some tough words for shirkers: “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat” (2 Thes. 3:10).

Quote: “If you owned the company, would you want some one to do the job you’re doing the way you’re doing it?”Bree Smith

About John Parankimalil

John Parankimalil, SDB, M.A. (English), M.Ed, Ph.D (Education), popularly known as P.D. Johny is a member of the Salesians of Don Bosco. He is presently the Rector and Principal of Don Bosco College, Tura, Meghalaya and Director of Don Bosco College of Teacher Education, Tura. He received the 1st Computer Literacy Excellence Award from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the President of India in August 2002 and the Guruvar Best Teacher Award from Shri Kapil Sibal, HRD Union Minister in 2009. He was formerly Principal of St Anthony's Higher Secondary School, Shillong and National President of All India Association of Catholic Schools (AINACS), New Delhi and the Charter President of Rotary Club of Orchid City, Shillong. He has authored several books. He is an Eduationist, Story-Teller and Leadership Trainer. He conducts seminars for Principals, Teachers, Students and Parents. His popular books include, He Can Who Thinks He Can (Macmillan), An Elocution Manual (Orient Longman), Progressive Parenting (Unicorn), Inspirational Stories for Purposeful Living (Babhani) The Way to Success and Happiness (Savio), How to Win Over Your Problems (Babhani), The Secrets of High Achievers (Babhani).
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