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          Once upon a time, we had a company. The more Stuff Our Company had, the "Bigger" we were. We really liked Stuff. Don't you think we were "Big" then? Well, just look at all the Stuff we had! Yessiree; the higher we were able to stack Stuff, the prouder we were.

          We worked hard to keep Stuff secure. Corporate rules were created to protect Stuff. Rooms were vacated to store more Stuff. Buildings were built to store even more stuff. Land was cleared to make room for Stuff we couldn't fit in rooms or buildings. Certain Stuff was never used and never would be used but every so often it was necessary to move it to a new room or building to make room for different Stuff.

          We spent tens of thousands of dollars paying our people to move the stuff from one room to another, to a different building or to the yard out back. Sometimes we would pay our employees to move our Stuff and then pay them to bring it back. Sometimes, we spent lots of money on cranes and trucks to move our stuff around if the employees couldn't move Stuff fast enough.

           We spent money to insure Stuff. We spent money on fences and security systems to protect the Stuff. We paid taxes on the Stuff and paid taxes on the land and buildings where we stored Stuff. We spent money to keep track of Stuff; just to be certain we knew exactly how much Stuff we had.

          Then a wise man came to our Company and said, "Get rid of all this Stuff!" We said, "this Stuff is still good; it would be a shame to throw it away!" The wise man said,"don't throw it away, just get rid of it! Sell it, donate it, give it to the needy, give it away!" We were shocked, "we can't give it away! It is good Stuff and it is Our Stuff!"

          The wise man explained that, if we got rid of our Stuff, we wouldn't have to pay taxes on it. If we got rid of our Stuff, we could use all those rooms, buildings and land for production. If we got rid of our Stuff, we wouldn't need to spend money to insure it or spend money on fences and security systems to protect it. If we got rid of our Stuff, we wouldn't need to spend money to keep track of it!

          We didn't like it, but we reluctantly got rid of our Stuff. Our company did not look as "Big" without all the Stuff. But when we got rid of Stuff, we found we had room to expand operations without building anything new. When we finally got rid of Stuff, we didn't need to pay people to tend to Stuff, protect it or move it around. When we finally got rid of Stuff, we didn't spend as much money and started to make more. We were free from Stuff, happy and prosperous!

We were all about to live happily ever after...

          ...but then I woke up.


2003.01.11






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