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“Lessons from My Aboriginal Family”
of my money I've made in a big ranch in Australia.
I've spent a fair amount of time there with an
aboriginal tribe who have taught me to see the
absurdity of money. They have so little regard for possessions.
When one of them catches a kangaroo they roast it and
all eat. It would make no sense for one of them to try
to hoard it: should a man decide to keep it all, after
he gorged himself most of the food would rot. And then
he wouldn't be welcome to a share when someone else got
some food. On the rare occasions I've seen any of them
get some money, in five minutes it's distributed among
everybody, like the kangaroo. They experience sharing
not as generosity, but as survival.
a number of years I was named a child of this aboriginal
family. The effect of this experience is to somewhat blunt
my aggression in making more money, having seen the humor
in my acquisitive behavior. For instance, I recall that
I own 8000 cows in a ranch in Australia,
with new cows born daily. Viewing this from the eyes of
my aboriginal family I wryly ask myself: How much more
food can I possibly use?
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