INSPIRING MINI-ANECDOTES 01 – true stories  
1- The Wisdom of Ancient People
    A nun and a native take a hike in a rainforest.
2- An FOB Nurse in New York
    Of paper tigers and real tigers.
3- Fish Head Soup
    Food for the cat, food for table.
4- You Can Fool Some But You Can’t Fool All
     The Wild Boar Hunt.
eastwind journals 174
By Bernie Lopez
1- The Wisdom of Ancient People
ancient people nurture  the earth
modern people rape the earth
A Catholic nun employed an Aeta guide to take a long one-day hike from Baler, Quezon, heading north across the eastern seaboard of the Sierra, a remote place where rainforests met the pristine shores of the Pacific. At one point, they took a rest and the Aeta guide looked around for something to eat. He found some wild bananas, and they had a sumptuous lunch. The sister then said, “Take some more bananas”. The Aeta said, “I am sorry, sister, we have a rule in the forest, you take only what you can eat.”


That is how ancient people established synergy with Mother Nature, something mass-production-oriented civilized society has forgotten. Expand this banana story to the story of mining multinationals leaving the earth poisoned and you will understand the big picture of how Man can self-destruct soon.


2- An FOB Nurse in New York


Therese was a Filipino nurse in a New York City hospital. Fresh off the boat (FOB), she was scared and defensive in a new culture she knew nothing about. The doctors saw this right away. They would ask her to get coffee for them. Therese obliged politely. Everybody was happy. After a year, Therese started to adapt to the New York culture. So, one day, when a doctor asked her to get coffee, she said very gently with a smile, “Get it yourself.” No doctor ever asked her again. In New York, if you show you are weak, people step on you. Many have developed a defence mechanism of pretending to be strong, so people do not step on them. So New York has bred a lot of paper tigers. But once in a while, New York breeds real tigers like Therese.
Click photo to blow up


3- Fish Head Soup


Imelda is a Filipino nurse In Rotterdam in the Netherlands. When she goes to market, she notices that the fish vendor dumps all the fish head, large or small, in one corner. So she asks, “What do you do with those?” The vendor replies, “We throw them away.” She says with a big smile, “Do you think you could give me one large one for my cat?” The vendor says, “Sure”. Imelda hates cats. She makes a sumptuous fish head soup garnished with lemon that can make you crazy.


So, every week, Imelda says to the vendor with a smile, “For my cat.” And the vendor says “Sure”. The word spreads around like wild fire, and Filipino nurses start to get free fish heads. After awhile, the fish vendor gets wise, and starts to sell the fish heads, in the principle of the law of supply and demand. Filipino nurses do not mind buying the fish head at a tenth of the price of fillet. Everybody happy is the best marketing principle. But Imelda is different. Her smile has captivated the vendor. She still gets her fish head free. (excerpt from the book Wings and Wanderlust, the Art of Discovering Your Inner Self, a three-year trek across Europe, email author to order the book).


4- Wild Boar Hunt


Tilik in Mindoro in the Philippines became a tourist destination overnight. Japanese war veterans went to Tilik by the droves to hunt for wild boar in the nearby rainforest, which was, at that time, still intact. It was a favourite past time, an obsession of Japanese ex-soldiers. And so Tilik grew rich by leaps and bounds. A five star hotel rose quickly, like a mushroom overnight.


But alas, the tourism people were running out of wild boars. The Filipinos got together to strategize. They found a brilliant solution. While a Japanese veteran was out hunting, accompanied by a Filipino guide, another Filipino lurked at a pre-agreed destination and released a white hybrid pig painted black to look like a wild boar. The Japanese hunter did not bother to inspect his catch. He just told the guide to have it brought to the hotel and cooked for the dinner table.


This went on for about a year, tourism salvaged by Filipino ‘ingenuity’, until a Japanese Catholic nun arrived. She immediately saw the scheme, went home, exposed the scam in a Japanese magazine, killing the thriving million-peso-a-year tourism industry of Tilik in the blink of an eye. Today, the five star is a ghost hotel. You can fool some, but you can’t fool all.


%d bloggers like this: