Orthodox Byzantine Chants
Holy Mount Athos
One day the father of a very rich family took his son on a work visit on his plantations to show him how poor the people were. They spent a few days at a farm, where lived a very poor family.
After their return from that trip of a few days, the father asked his son:
”How did you enjoy the trip, my son?”
”It was wonderful, father.”
”Did you see how poor people can be?” said the father.
”Oh, yeah”, answered his son.
”Therefore what did you learn from this trip?” asked the father.
His son answered:
”I saw that we have a dog and those people have four. We have a swimming pool that extends till the middle of the garden, but they have a brook that has no end. We put small lanterns in our garden for the night, but those have the stars of the sky all night long. Our yard stretches till that of our neighbor, but theirs stretches till where your sight can reach, till the edge of the horizon.
We have a small piece of land where to live and they have endless orchards, that you cannot cover with your eyes.
We have menials who serve us, but they help other people themselves. We buy everything we eat, while they eat from their harvests. We raised a wall, for protecting our fortune and ourselves, but they have friends who defend them.
His father got speechless.
”Father, thank you for showing me how poor we are!”