Monday, September 5, 2016
Are Hallucinations Real?
Bob Marley Sir John Templeton, considered one of the greatest investors in history, started on the road to becoming a billionaire during the depths of the Great Depression. With the little he had, augmented by some borrowed money, he bought 100 shares of every stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange that was selling for less than one dollar a share. When factory orders generated by World War II greatly increased the profitability of American industry, Templeton became one of the richest men in the world. On occasion, as I interact with others in many different kinds of social settings, my mind returns to the old Indian story of the wish granting tree. I have learned wisdom literature that has been around for a couple of thousand years or more, generally has more than one level of application. This story is no exception. Once upon a time, a man exhausted from a hard day on the road spotted a large tree in a nearby field. Thinking that this would be a good place to rest, he sat down under the tree. Speaking to himself, he said, “I am so thirsty, I wish I had something cool and refreshing to drink.” Then a perfectly chilled goblet of his favorite white wine miraculously appeared at his feet. Now, his appetite stimulated by the wine, the man then thought, “I am so hungry. I wish I had something good to eat.” As before, a small table covered with covered dishes containing his favorite foods appeared out of nowhere. After finishing his meal, the man sighed in contentment, “I am so tired. I wish I could take a nap on a comfortable bed.” Suddenly he was lying on a large ornate bed covered with pillows that was fit for a king. In minutes he fell in to a deep restful sleep. A few hours later, upon awaking, the man began to worry. He thought, “There is some kind of magic going on with this tree. Perhaps it contains a goblin that will jump out of the tree and eat me alive.” Then a horrible goblin jumped out of the tree and ate him alive.