anecdote 14 – THE GUNMAN AND THE FARMER an anecdote on sharing


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THE GUNMAN AND THE FARMER
an anecdote on sharing
This is an anecdote lifted from an old western movie starring John Wayne circa 1950s, title unknown, dialogue reconstructed.
A GUNMAN WANDERS INTO A FARM.
GUNMAN
What’s happening here? Your animals and plants are dying.
FARMER
Our greedy neighbor kept the water all for himself.
GUNMAN
So what are you doing about it?
FARMER
We are praying for the neighbor so that he may share his water.
GUNMAN
(LAUGHING.) You cannot do it through prayer. You have to fight him, use force.
FARMER
No, prayer is more effective.
GUNMAN
I’ll prove it to you. (THE ANGRY GUNMAN GOES TO THE NEIGHBOR QUICKLY.)
GUNMAN
Hey, you got more water than you need. You better share your water.
NEIGHBOR
And who might you be?
GUNMAN
Matthew Perry.
NEIGHBOR
THE Matthew Perry, fastest gun this side of the west? (HE LOOKS AT HIS SADDLE AND SEES THE INITIAL M.P.) Oh yes you are. Yes sir, right away sir. (HE UNLOCKS HIS DAM AND WATER FLOWS INSTANTLY TO THE NEXT FIVE FARMS.)
GUNMAN
Would you like to come with me? I want you to meet someone.
NEIGHBOR
Do I have a choice?
GUNMAN
No. (THEY GO ON HORSEBACK TO THE NEXT FARM.)
GUNMAN
(TO THE FARMER.) This here is your nice neighbor who is sharing his water with you. (TO THE NEIGHBOR.) You have something to say to him?
NEIGHBOR
I am sorry for being greedy. It is my pleasure to share water with you.
FARMER
Thanks.
NEIGHBOR
You’re welcome.
FARMER
No thanks to you. Thanks to him. Say what’s that you got there? (POINTING TO THE NEIGHBOR’S NECK.) I would say that is one big ugly boil.
NEIGHBOR
Yeah. Been bothering me for weeks now.
GUNMAN
Ever since you kept the water to yourself, I bet.
FARMER
I know how to fix that. You better get down. (THE TWO GET OFF THEIR HORSE. THE FARMER TREATS THE NEIGHBOR.)
NEIGHBOR
Appreciate it. Quite neighbourly of you. Feels better already.
FARMER
When you give, you get double, you know. That’s how life is.
GUNMAN
And if you don’t give, you lose double. Know what I mean?
NEIGHBOR
Yes sir. Would you like to have supper at my place tonight?
GUNMAN
Don’t mind if I do. (TO THE FARMER.) Do you see what I mean? You have to use force to get justice. You have to fight for your rights. Prayers will not do you any good.
FARMER
Do you see what I mean. Prayer is more effective. You see, the Lord sent you to us to bring us water after I prayed.
GUNMAN
Well, I’ll be damned.
FARMER
No, son, you’ll be blest. Go your way. The Lord is now with you.
NEIGHBOR
Gunmen have strange ways.
FARMER
The Lord has even stranger ways, my friend.
THE FARMER AND HIS NEIGHBOR BECAME THE BEST OF FRIENDS. THE GUNMAN WOULD VISIT THEM OFTEN AND THEY WOULD HAVE A BASH EVERYTIME. eastwind
the better part of wisdom and leadership is in listening
happiness is making other people happy
the best way to make your dream come true is to wake up (anonymous)
when you awaken one morning unable to see beyond the mist
recall a prayer you uttered when, as a child, you asked Him
for strength and wisdom; and then shall you see clearly once more
beyond your wildest dreams through all the mists and storms
that will come your way –
because you asked and you had faith, your favor is granted
prayer power changes destinies, lives, and brings water to parched lands
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