There was a boy, whose family was very wealthy. One day his father took him on a trip to the country side, where he aimed to show his son how poor people live. So they arrived at a farm of a family who the father considered to be very poor. After spending several days there, upon their return, the father asked his son whether he liked the trip.
“Oh, it was great, dad!” the boy replied.
“Did you notice how poor they lived?” asked the dad.
“Yeah, I did.” said the boy. The father asked his son to tell him more details about his impressions of the trip.
“Well, we have only one dog, and they have four of them. In our garden there is a pool, while they have a river that has no end. We‘ve got expensive lanterns, but they have stars above their heads at night. We have the patio, and they have the whole horizon. We have only a small piece of land, while they have the endless fields. We buy food, but they grow it. We have a high fence for protection of our property but they don‘t need it, as their friends protect them.“
The father was stunned, he could not say a word.
Then the boy added “Thank you, dad, for letting me see how poor we are.”
This story shows that true wealth and happiness are not measured by material things. Love, friendship and freedom are far more valuable.