To Be or Not To Be

A little kingdom I possess,
Where thoughts and feelings dwell;
And very hard the task I find
Of governing it well.
-- Louisa May Alcott.
...........hmmm....that more or less describes my situation !!

~A Wise Man Said~

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
-- Aristotle

Monday, October 03, 2005
Given a choice between an extremely stingy (someone who spends too little) person and extremely generous (someone who spends too much) person, whom would you choose? (I do know that people needn't be either extreme and a healthy balance is possible and desirable, but here my motive is not to preach on the advisability of striking a balance in one's spending/saving habits but to force a choice in favour of one or the other trait). This question, naturally, assumes that both the stingy and heavy-spender earn equally and are well off.

For myself, I would go for the over-generous person than the over-stingy. It might be taking the analogy a bit too far, but I've noticed that one who is extremely stingy with his/her money is stingy with his/her affections as well. In any case, I never seem to strike a rapport with the overly-stingy -- when every little pleasure or amusement they can give to their loved ones weighed in a scale with money, where every Paise counts... the pleasure or amusement is lost. In contrast, show me the person who'd even blow everything they have just to make their loved ones happy ...not practical, yes...but the gesture says something about the person to me!