Once upon a time there was a farmer who grew award winning corn. Each year he entered his corn in the state fair where it won a blue ribbon. One year a newspaper reporter interviewed him and learned something interesting about how he grew the corns. The reporter discovered that the farmer shared his corn seeds with his neighbours.
“How can you afford to share your best corn seeds with your neighbours when they are entering their corns in competition with yours each year?” the reporter asked.
“Why sir,” said the farmer, “didn’t you know? The wind picks up pollen from the ripening corns and swirls it from field to field. If my neighbours grow inferior corns, cross-pollination will steadily degrade the quality of my corns. If I am to grow good corns, I must help my neighbours grow good corns.”
He is very much aware of the connectedness of life. His corns cannot improve unless his neighbour’s corns also improve.
So it is in other dimensions. Those who choose to live well must help others to live well, for the value of a life is measured by the lives it touches. And those who choose to be happy must help others to find happiness, for the welfare of each is bound up with the welfare of all.
If we are to grow good corns, we must help our neighbours grow good corns.