(1) Once there was a farmer who was living all by himself. He had no wife nor children. He had no more family because his parents and relatives all died in the recent war. So he was all alone. But one thing remarkable about him despite being alone is that he is one hardworking man. He knows he is poor but he was motivated to work, to plow his land, to plant crops, to take good care of them. As a result he had bountiful harvests. Although with much hardwork, he didn’t grow rich. He continued to be poor, though he was still able to sustain living.
(2) A fisherman just came from a fishing convention. He was travelling alone by the road when he saw the hardwork of the farmer, he was planting his crops even under the hot sun. The fisherman saw his determination. Not knowing that the farmer was poor, he compared himself to him.
(3) “If I was to plant just like the farmer, I’d grow rich just like him!” the fisherman said to himself. He went straight home and prepared the biggest fish he caught in the convention for his supper.
(4) The next day, the farmer was again out under the sun, planting his crops. A businessman passed by while driving on his way to his conpany until he saw the farmer’s dedication for planting. But then again he focused his eyes on the road and ignored the farmer. He arrived at his company ten minutes earlier than usual.
(5) At the businessman’s meeting, he received news from his co-worker that his company is on a state of bankrupcy and that it owed a huge amount of money. There was no other choice but to close the company down.
(6) The businessman said to himself, “It seems that I’m losing my job. I need to get money, I’ll die without it!” On his way home, he said, “I guess if I want to be richer, I’ll have to plant just like what I saw the farmer doing.” He went straight home and planned out what to do.
(7) Going back to the fisherman, he reeled his line on the water by the bay where he lived. He immediately caught one fish. But the number of fish he caught remained to one. It seems as if it was the only fish left. He felt a little disappointed. But that was all he has now. With his bare hands, he extracted the fish bone out of the trout that he had fished up and burried the bone under the soil at the back of his house.
(8) The businessman, on the other hand, burried his last five-dollar bill under the soil at the back of his house. He had no more money left.
(9) Day by day, the fisherman and the businessman took care of what they planted hoping it would sprout out to be a good Fish Tree and a good Money Tree. They watered it every single day, they nurtured them as if it was their own child.
(10) After a week of hardwork, the fisherman saw his plant to bore dead fish as its fruit. The businessman saw five-dollar bills sprout in his tree. Both of them were happy and are filling rich.
(11) The fisherman was so happy to see this and picked up the fish that sprouted from his tree. He went to town and announced the good news to everyone. He tried selling the fish that grew on his tree although his offer was turned down because of the horrible stench the fish emitted. He felt sad.
(12) The businessman picked the money that grew from his tree and went to the bank to deposit his money. He wished to find out how much money he has earned. The teller of the bank told him that he could not deposit leaves in the bank. He felt sad.
Analysis of “Perspectives”
The usual view we have of a farmer is someone who works at his farm, is hardworking, would work under the sun for too long, for a good harvest,t o sustain himself.
The fisherman that most of us would expect is someone who fishes up for a living and would sell the fish he caught in the market. But we get a different glimpse of a fisherman here.
The businessman that most of us expect is someone who works in a company and does great in management. But we get a different glimpse of a businessman here.
Both the fisherman and the businessman saw te farmer’s dedication thinking that they would grow rich if they plant, just like the farmer. Little did they know that he was working to sustain life, not to be rich. The fisherman had the same condition with the farmer. The businessman was rich but grew bankrupt. He wished to be rich again.
Botht he fisherman and businessman had a wrong interpretation of the farmer, whose goal is to sustain living, not to be rich. Because of this misinterpretation, they thought that if they was like the farmer (planting), they would grow richer, which was their goal all along.
The fisherman, because he didn’t have any seeds to plant with, decided to plant a fishbone in hopes that it would grow into a tree with fish as its fruit. The businessman, because he didn’t have seeds as well, decided to plant a dollar bill in hopes that it would grow into a tree with money as its fruit.
This is where the mode of magic realism takes place. They were hardworking enough to nurture their plants that it bore the fruits they desired, fish and money. Just like the farmer and just like all of us, if we work hard, we will achieve the goal we truly desire and deserve. The fisherman desired to have fish for fruits, the businessman desired to have money for fruits. They got their wishes, although is this what they really deserved?
The fisherman was turned down when he offered to sell the fish that grew in his tree. It had fouling stench! It is basically trying to be someone you are not. The fisherman tried to be a farmer, but he wasn’t a farmer. Planting fish was idiotic. It couldn’t grow into a tree. But it’s at least what he wants. His efforts did bore fruit, but wasn’t the fruit he was actually expecting. He didn’t deserve to get something he doesn’t really deserve. He’s a fisherman and he must fish, not plant! It’s not his job after all so he gets something he doesn’t want. The stench of this fish was a symbol of his failure. He failed to be someone who is not.
The businessman found out that he wasn’t actually depositing money in his bank, but he was actually depositing leaves. He was similar to the fisherman, being someone who is not.
The title, “Perspectives” has three implications:
1. The fisherman and businessman saw their fruits according to their own perspectives, as fish and money. But it wasn’t the case when other people had seen their fruits.
2. The fisherman and businessman, for them, makes them rich when they plant. But it had a different perspective for the farmer, it was his way of living to sustain life.
3. Hardwork and dedication had been different in the perspectives of the farmer, the fisherman, and the businessman.
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Date of Post: 03.30.14