When a wealthy father took his son to a farm to show him what it is like to be poor, the response the boy had to his visit was unexpected.
The father, who had amassed his wealth all on his own, wanted to show his son where he came from and to understand the benefits of being rich and the negatives of being poor, according to American Web Media. The boy and his father spent a few days and nights on a farm, where the boy had to do manual labor with the very poor family, go to sleep early, and live without any electronics or technology.
When they left the farm, the father asked his son how he enjoyed the trip.
“It was great, Dad,” the boy said.
“Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked.
The boy responded “yes,” but when asked what he learned from the trip, he gave an unexpected answer.
“I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a 10-foot swimming pool and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon,” the boy said.
He then added that his family only has a small piece of land to live on, while the poor family “have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.”
“We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them,” the boy said.
The boy’s final takeaway from his time on the farm was that “it showed [him] just how poor [his family] really [is].”
Dan Asmussen, a staff writer at The Liberty Beacon, posted a version of the story to Facebook and it went viral with more than 520,000 shares and over 542,000 reactions.
Sources: American Web Media, Dan Asmussen/Facebook / Photo credit: R. Halfpaap/Flickr