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22nd Mar 2008, 10:30
A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with small rocks.

He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was.
So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He then asked once more if the jar was full. This time the students were sure and they responded with a unanimous "YES!" The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and proceeded to pour their entire contents into the jar -- filling the empty space between the grains of sand.

The students laughed. "Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The rocks are the important things - your family, your partner, your health, your children, things that, if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else. The small stuff. If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued "there will be no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing. Do something for the community. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal. Take care of the rocks first - the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled. I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers."

Beatriz Fontana
22nd Mar 2008, 11:35

I couldn't agree more!!

22nd Mar 2008, 19:03
If he was a REAL philosopher, he would mention the Brazil Nut Paradox :8

old,not bold
22nd Mar 2008, 19:21
Do you think so?

It's arguable, isn't it, that the Brazil Nut Paradox is no more than a fact of life, a physical reality, rather than a Paradox?

It simply states what we already know from observation, that the biggest turds rise to the top, and are very difficult to remove from that position.

It took 10 years in the case of the Great Grin.

I suppose, though, that we have to be philosophical about it, so what I started by thinking might have been a category mistake on your part probably isn't.