Fortune that Greed Gathers

Aesop has a fable, The Goose and the Golden Egg. It’s the story of a poor farmer who visits the nest of his goose and finds a glittering yellow egg. He thinks that it’s a trick and is about to throw it away, but thinking better of it, takes the egg home. To his amazement he discovers that the egg is solid gold.

The farmer becomes increasingly rich by going to the nest daily and collecting a golden egg from his special goose. As he grows richer, he becomes greedy and impatient. Hoping to get all the gold and riches, he kills the goose and cuts her open only to find… nothing.

Greed is an inordinate desire to acquire and posses wealth or goods more than one needs without any regard for other’s well being. To think that one can grow in one single swoop is deceptive, destructive and only results in losing rather than winning.

Quote: “Greed is a fat demon with a small mouth and whatever you feed it is never enough.” – Janwillem van de Wetering

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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