hist-brewing: Philosophy for Brewers

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Tue Jun 19 17:26:37 PDT 2001

> A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in
> front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large
> empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2"
> inch in diameter.  He then asked the students if the jar was full. They
> agreed that it was.  So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles
> and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of
> course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked the
> students again if the jar was full.  They agreed it was. The students
> laughed. The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the
> jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else.  "Now," said the
> professor, "I want you to recognize that this is your life.  The rocks
> are the important things - your family, your partner, your health, your
> children - things that if everything else was lost and only they
> remained, your life would still be full.  The pebbles are the other
> things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is
> everything else, the small stuff.  If you put the sand into the jar
> first, there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for
> your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you
> will never have room for the things that are important to you.  Pay
> attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Take care
> of the rocks first - the things that really matter. Set your
> priorities.  The rest is just sand."
> But then a student then took the jar which the other students and the
> professor agreed was full, and proceeded to pour in a glass of beer. Of
> course the beer filled the remaining spaces within the jar making the
> jar truly full.
> The moral of this tale is:- no matter how full your life is, there is
> always room for beer...

    Barony of Seleone, Kingdom of Meridies
    On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, southeast of Gulf Wars

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