Comptuers provide us with unlimited access to information, allow us to keep in contact with friends and family from all around the world, and make our lives much easier. While they are clearly useful, many people live every day without one and some, dare I say it, are actually much happier that way.
In Costa Rica, I have met many happy people
Don’t understand how that could be? This story is great. I don’t know if it really happened or someone made it up, but read it to the end.
– – – – In found the story at capitalismisfreedom.com
An unemployed man was desperate to support his family. His wife was so busy running around after the kids that she was too tired to do nothing but watch TV all day, while his three teenage kids would frequently skip school to hang around with the local troublemakers. His options limited, he applied for a janitor’s job at a large company and easily passed the aptitude test.
The human resources manager told him: “You will be hired at a minimum wage of $5.15 an hour. Let me know your e-mail address so that we can get you in the loop. Our system will automatically e-mail you all the forms, and advise you when to start and where to report on your first day.”
But the man pointed out that he was too poor to afford a computer, and that therefore he didn’t have an e-mail address. The manager replied icily: “Surely you must realize that to a company like ours, not having an e-mail address means that you virtually cease to exist. Without e-mail you can hardly expect to be employed by a hi-tech firm. Good day.”
Stunned and dismayed, the man left. Not knowing which way to turn and with just $10 left in his wallet, he walked past a market wholesaler and saw a trader selling 25lb crates of beautiful red tomatoes. So he bought a crate, carried it to a busy street corner and began selling them individually.
In less than two hours he sold all the tomatoes and made a 100 per cent profit. Repeating the process several more times that day, he finished up with nearly $100 and arrived home that night with several bags of groceries for his hungry family.
Not surprisingly, he decided to repeat the tomato business the next day, and by working long hours he quickly multiplied his profits. By the second week he had invested in a cart and two weeks later he bought a broken-down pickup truck. At the end of the year he owned three trucks.
His two sons had left their neighborhood gangs to help him with the tomato business, his wife was buying the tomatoes, and his daughter was taking night courses in accountancy at the local college so that she could keep his books.
After five years, he owned a fleet of trucks and a warehouse, which his wife supervised, plus two tomato farms managed by the boys. The tomato company’s payroll gave work to hundreds of homeless and jobless people. His daughter reported that the business grossed over a million dollars.
Planning for the future, he decided to buy some life insurance and, with the help of an insurance adviser, he picked a plan that suited his new found wealth. Then the adviser asked him for his e-mail address in order to send the final documents electronically.
When the man replied that he didn’t have time to mess with a computer and had no e-mail address, the insurance advisor was stunned. “What? No computer? No Internet? No e-mail? Just think where you would be today if you’d had all of that five years ago!”
“Ha!” snorted the man. “If I’d had e-mail five years ago, I would be sweeping floors at a multinational computer company and making $5.15 an hour.”