Beware the miser – Don’t muzzle the ox that treads out the grain (219)
Welcome to another episode of TOMCAST,
The miser is an interesting character, they look like the person next door, so don’t be surprised when you meet a real one.
They don’t have long pointy fingers like Mr Burns from the Simpsons. A miser isn’t as overt as Ebenezer Scrooge, the protagonist of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novel, A Christmas Carol. A cold-hearted miser who despises Christmas.
The miser is the person who is dying internally.
Simple yet profound definition of a miser.
a person who hoards wealth and spends as little money as possible.”a typical miser, he hid his money in the house in various places”
Let’s explore this spending little and hiding of wealth.
It doesn’t have to be about money, it can be about ability or hidden talent that gets wasted.
An amazing illustration about the waste of hidden talent that gets wasted, in an ancient parable.
A master had three servants, each were given an amount of resources to invest. Two of the servants did just that, investing the master’s resources with one goal in mind, get a return. The third servant did exactly the opposite, he hid his master’s resources and his excuse was, his master expected a return and he was too frightened to achieve any expectation.
The outcome for the three servants was universal to anyone who understands life. The first two brought back a healthy return and the third one brought back nothing accept the original amount.
The master was furious with the third servant and I’d suspect for three reasons.
1. He was lazy.
2. He didn’t respect the master’s choice of ability and wasted the master’s time and possessions.
3. He thought that he could get away with not achieving a thing with what was in his hands.
A miser has a view that everyone else owes them even if they don’t give back or invest. The miser hoards rather than works hard to see a constant return on their investment.
The miser even withholds from those who are owed a return.
The perfect picture of muzzling an ox while it works hard to tread out the grain. The ox is penalised only because the person who is in charge of the ox’s work can’t seem to enjoy even a beast enjoy the fruit of its labour.
Stay clear of the miser. They have no peace and they work hard at making sure you have no peace.
It’s the liberal soul that prospers, definitely not the miser.