Saturday’s smiles

A shepherd was relaxing after a long day, sitting on the grass, chewing on a straw, watching his sheep grazing quietly under the last rays of the setting sun.

A jeep roared up, leaving behind clouds of dust and stopped before him. A man clad in an expensive suit and shiny leather shoes with a camera on his hands got out.

The man started snapping pictures of the surrounding area and, once he’d finished, looked at the shepherd and asked, “Is this your land?”

“Aye…” responded the shepherd.

A look of glee formed in the man’s eyes as he asked, “And are those your sheep?”

“Aye…” says the shepherd.

“Would you sell some of your land?” the man asked.

The shepherd looked up, studying the man with a cautious look, before searching and asked “And why would I do that?”

“So you can make some money, and buy more sheep,” explained the man with a smirk.

“And why would I buy more sheep?” asked the shepherd.

“So you can sell their wool, and make more money.”

“And why would I do that?” asked the shepherd.

“So you can buy even more sheep, and sell even more wool.”

“And why would I do that?” asked the shepherd.

“So, at some point, you can build a factory and fill it with looms.”

“And why would I do that?” asked the shepherd.

“So you can make your wool into clothes, instead of selling it, and make even more money.”

The shepherd looked at his sheep for a second, spitting out the chewed straw, and asked, “And why would I do that?”

“So you can buy more and more sheep, sell more and more clothes, and make more and more money,” said the man, rubbing his hands.

“And why would I do that?” asked the shepherd.

“So you can be rich!”

“And why would I want that?” asked the shepherd.

“So you can build yourself a mansion. Right here!” said the man, tapping the ground with his foot.

“And why would I do that?” asked the shepherd.

“So you can have a big bedroom. On the top floor! With big windows! And a big balcony!”

“And why would I do that?” asked the shepherd.

“So you can sit back, look over your sheep, enjoy the sunset… Enjoy life!” said the man, practically jumping up and down with excitement.

“Aye… And what do you think I was doing before you arrived?”

 

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