Years ago, a wise old king called his wise men together and gave them a commission. “I want you to compile for me the ‘wisdom of the ages’ and put it in book form so we might leave it to posterity.”
The wise men left their king and worked for a long period of time. They finally returned with twelve volumes and proudly proclaimed, “here is the ‘wisdom of the ages’ in these volumes.”
The king looked at the twelve volumes and said, “Gentlemen, I’m certain this is the wisdom of the ages and contain the knowledge we should leave to mankind. However, it is so long, I fear the people won’t read it. Condense it.”
Again, the wise men worked long and hard before they returned with only one volume. The king said that it was still too lengthy and commanded them to further condense their work.
The wise men reduced the volume to a chapter, then to a page, then to a paragraph, and finally to a sentence.
When the wise old king saw the sentence, he was absolutely elated! “Gentlemen,” he said, “this is truly the wisdom of the ages, and as soon as all men everywhere learn this truth, then most of our problems will be solved.
The sentence simply said, “There are no free lunches.”
It’s ironic, even hypocritical, that responsible people agree with the “No Free Lunch,” and “You can’t Get Something for Nothing” philosophy but approve government give-away programs, vote to legalize gambling, horse racing, dog racing and state lotteries. No wonder the young people are confused about what mother and dad really do believe.
Yes, people have personal choices, but could these activities be directly related to too much time with nothing to do? Combine them with the permissiveness permeating our culture, and the attitude of doing just enough to get by, the problems increase exponentially.
Have we forgotten this nation was built on hard work? Surely the world owes us a living, but we have to work for it. We taught the world how to build factories, mass produce products, and became a leader in technological discoveries and applications. However, at times we’ve sat idly by while other growing industrial nations get our jobs and markets.
Americans need to get busy working! Not only at our jobs and professions, but building a better society. Government agencies are not going to solve our ills; the place to begin is at home by teaching our children honesty and pure living.
The wise man Solomon said, “A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment” (Ecclesiastes 2:24-25).
Here is strength for living to help make our world a better place to live in.