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January 3rd, 2003
12:44 pm


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Someone just emailed me:
Set a man by a fire and he'll stay warm for one night; set a man on fire
and he'll be warm the rest of his life.

That reminds me of a story a friend once told me. His mother teaches third grade. A studedent in the class was from Russia. The kids were doing some math homework. The Russian kid asked my friend's mom to tell him the answer. She said that she would show him how to do it but not tell him the answer. He got upset. She said "Haven't you ever heard, 'Give a man a fish, and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he can feed himself for the rest of his life.'?" And the kid said "No. But in my country, we have a saying. 'Give a man a fish, and he eats dinner. Teach a man to fish, and he sits in a boat all day and gets drunk.'"

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