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A Fabulous Goose

March 23, 1991

Would you accept a goose which lays golden eggs?

The National Prosperity Company offers one under these conditions:
 (1) The goose lays one golden egg every day, and now eats one pound of food every day.
(2) The goose, its appetite, and the size of its egg, will all grow one percent each month.
(3) The goose will live as long as it is fed enough food. It will die when it is not.
(4) If the goose dies or is returned to the company, all the golden eggs and the wealth accumulated by trading them will become property of the company.

Such an offer was once accepted by the free people of a land which produced a large amount of food and other wealth.

After many years, the people accumulated hoards of golden eggs, which they used as money. Most of them found work related to grading, sorting, storing, moving, managing, polishing, protecting, displaying, trading, investing, insuring, and keeping records of, the golden eggs.

Meanwhile, every thirty-nine years the size and appetite of the monstrous goose grew 100 times larger.

Finally, there was not enough food in the land to feed it. The goose died. The land and wealth became property of the company. And the people offered themselves to the company as slaves.

Such is the history of fabulous geese.

“Remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” (Deuteronomy 8:18)
“You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)