On the first day, God created the dog and said:
'Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in orwalks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.'
The dog said: 'That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten yearsand I'll give you back the otherten?'
So God agreed.
On the second day, God created the monkey and said:
'Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give youa twenty-year life span.'
The monkey said: 'Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty longtime to perform. How about I give you back ten like the Dog did?'
And God agreed.
On the third day, God created the cow and said:
'You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer underthe sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. Forthis, I will give you a life span of sixty years.'
The cow said: 'That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixtyyears.. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?'
And God agreed again.
On the fourth day, God created humans and said:
'Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give youtwenty years.'
But the human said: 'Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me mytwenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and theten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?'
'Okay,' said God, 'You asked for it.'
So that iswhy for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves.For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family. Forthe next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. Andfor the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
Life has now been explained to you.
There is no need to thank me for this valuable information. I'm doing it asa publicservice.