少し前、「年収が 75,000 ドルまでは年収が上がるほど日々の幸福感が上昇するが、年収が 75,000 ドルを超えても日々の幸福感は上昇しなくなる」 という調査結果が発表され話題になりました。これは、プリンストン大学の経済学者 Angus Deaton と 2002 年にノーベル経済学賞を受賞した心理学者 Daniel Kahneman が、2008 年から 2009 年にかけて 45 万人のアメリカ人に対して行った調査の結果です。
今日は、人生とお金について考えさせれるショートストーリー「Life is More Than About the Money」をご紹介します。内容は、ビジネススクールを卒業した MBA ホルダーのエリート青年と、休暇中に偶然出会った漁村の釣り人の物語です。青年は、自給自足の生活を満喫している漁師に、もっと魚を釣ってビジネスを拡大すべきだというアドバイスをします。それを聞いた漁師の反応は？そして、会話の結末は？
EnglishCentral に掲載されている動画は紙芝居のような美しい映像で、情緒あふれる音楽とナレーションもついているので、3 分間の短い映像ながらも感情に深く響くことでしょう。以下、動画へのリンクと合わせて、画面のスナップショットとスクリプトを掲載しています。では、お金と人生の関係を描いたショートストーリー「Life is More Than About the Money」をお楽しみください。
Many years ago, after I graduated from business school, I decided to take a vacation. I chose a small, quiet fishing village where I thought I’d be able to take my mind off of business, if only for a few days. Walking along the beach just before sunset, I saw a small fishing boat coming to shore. Inside the boat were a lone fisherman and several beautiful yellowfin tuna.
“How long did it take you to catch those fish?” I asked.
“Only a couple of hours,” he replied.
“Why don’t you stay out a bit longer and catch more?” I asked. “Certainly there must be a demand for more fish than the few I saw in the boat?”
The fisherman smiled, “I catch enough to support my family and I live a full and busy life. I rise with the sun, fish a little, play with my daughters, have lunch with my family and then teach children how to fish before I stroll into the village each evening, where I sip wine and play guitar with my wife and friends.”
“Listen,” I said. “I have an MBA. I can help you vastly expand your business. If you would simply spend more time fishing, you would soon earn enough money to buy a bigger boat.”
“Really?” questioned the fisherman.
“Absolutely, and with a bigger boat you would soon catch enough fish to buy several boats, then a whole fleet. At that point, you would be big enough to sell your fish directly to a processor. Cutting out the middleman and greatly increasing your profits.”
The fisherman raised an eyebrow, “Hmm.”
“Eventually, you could open your own cannery and control the product, the processing, and the distribution,” I added.
“Then what?” he asked.
“You then relocate your operations to the capital. And if all goes well, you will likely find yourself in New York City in control of a rapidly expanding empire.”
“How long would all of this take?” He asked.
“Clearly following my logic, Oh, probably between 10 and 15 years.” I replied.
The fisherman paused, “Really? A millionaire. Then what?”
“What do you mean?” I answered a bit surprised.
“I mean, what would I do if I were a millionaire?”
“What kind of question is that? Whatever you like of course. I imagine you would retire, move to a small coastal fishing village where you would rise with the sun, fish a little, play with your granddaughters, have lunch with your family, and then teach children how to fish before strolling into the village each evening where you would sip wine and play guitar with your wife and friends.”
The fisherman smiled and without saying another word, began to build a small fire. We shared the taste of the delicious fish and watched the sun go down over the ocean as the sound of guitars rose from the village nearby.
(Ryoichi, An EnglishCentral Fighter)