There was a farmer who grew excellent quality wheat and every year he won an award for best in his county.
One year a reporter interviewed the farmer and learned that each spring the farmer would share his seeds with his competing neighbor farmers so they can plant the seeds in their fields too. When the reporter asked him why? The farmer explained:
“The wind picks up pollen from the neighboring fields if my neighbors grow inferior wheat the cross pollination overtime will degrade the quality of all wheat, including mine. If I am to grow good wheat I must help my neighbors grow good wheat…” The reporter thought how this also applied to people’s lives in the most fundamental way…
Those who want to live meaningfully and well must help enrich the lives of others, for the value of life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who chose to be happy must help others find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up in the welfare of ALL.