Chinese Wisdom Concerning Money
[19September-2007 @ 17:11 EST: Revised preamble. This page still gets the most search hits:
There is no Anthony de Croud. The e-mail is SPAM. I post things that pique my fancy at the moment. I like the 8 precepts, but the rest of the e-mail is junk. However, I thought it fair to post everything in its entirety.
I did not write the e-mail. I did not forward the e-mail. I strongly encourage you not to forward it either. (I also encourage you to reply to whomever sent you the e-mail and tell them you don't appreciate getting junk mail.)]
Received this in our e-mail (English translation follows):
PRECEPTO CHINO SOBRE EL DINERO
EL DINERO PUEDE COMPRAR UNA CASA, PERO NO UN HOGAR,
EL DINERO PUEDE COMPRAR UN RELOJ, PERO NO EL TIEMPO.
EL DINERO PUEDE COMPRAR UNA CAMA, PERO NO EL SUEÑO.
EL DINERO PUEDE COMPRAR UN LIBRO, PERO NO EL CONOCIMIENTO.
EL DINERO PUEDE PAGAR UN MÉDICO, PERO NO LA SALUD.
EL DINERO PUEDE COMPRAR UNA POSICIÓN, PERO NO EL RESPETO.
EL DINERO PUEDE COMPRAR LA SANGRE, PERO NO LA VIDA.
EL DINERO PUEDE COMPRAR SEXO, PERO NO EL AMOR.
UN PRECEPTO CHINO TRAE SUERTE, EL ORIGINAL SALIÓ DE LOS PAÍSES BAJOS.
ESTE PRECEPTO YA HA DADO 8 VECES LA VUELTA AL MUNDO, AHORA ES A TI, A QUIEN TRAERÁ SUERTE. DESPUÉS DE HABER RECIBIDO ESTA CARTA, TÚ TENDRÁS BUENA SUERTE. ESTO NO ES NINGUNA BROMA.
LA SUERTE VENDRÁ A TI POR CORREO O POR INTERNET.
ENVÍA UNA COPIA DE ESTA CARTA A LAS PERSONAS QUE REALMENTE NECESITAN BUENA SUERTE, NO ENVÍES DINERO, PORQUE LA SUERTE NO SE COMPRA, Y NO CONSERVES LA CARTA MÁS ALLÁ DE 96 HORAS (4 DÍAS)
ALGUNOS EJEMPLOS DE PERSONAS QUE FUERON AFORTUNADAS DESPUÉS DE HABER RECIBIDO ESTA MISIVA:
CONSTANTIN, RECIBIÓ LA PRIMERA CARTA EN 1953, PIDIÓ A SU SECRETARIA HACER 20 COPIAS. NUEVE HORAS MÁS TARDE GANÓ 99 MILLONES DE MARCOS EN LA LOTERÍA DE SU PAÍS.
CARLOS, EMPLEADO, RECIBIÓ ESTA MISMA CARTA, Y NO LA ENVÍA, ALGUNOS DÍAS MÁS TARDE PIERDE SU EMPLEO. DÍAS DESPUÉS DECIDE CONTINUAR LA CADENA Y SE VUELVE RICO.
EN 1967, BRUNO RECIBIÓ LA CARTA, SE BURLA DE ELLA Y LA BOTA, UNOS DÍAS DESPUÉS SU HIJO CAE ENFERMO. ÉL BUSCA LA CARTA, LA COPIA 20 VECES Y LA ENVÍA. NUEVE DÍAS MÁS TARDE, RECIBE LA FELIZ NOTICIA: SU HIJO SANO Y SALVO.
ESTA MISIVA DE LA SUERTE HA SIDO ENVIADA POR ANTHONY DE CROUD, UN MISIONERO DE ÁFRICA DEL SUR. AL CABO DE 96 HORAS DEBERÁS BOTAR LA CARTA.
LA SUERTE TE LLEGARÁ EN MENOS DE 4 DÍAS A PARTIR DEL MOMENTO EN QUE HAYAS RECIBIDO ESTA CARTA, SI CUMPLES CON LO SOLICITADO EN ELLA.
ESTO ES VERDAD. ESTA MISIVA HA SIDO ENVIADA PARA DAR BUENA SUERTE.
LA SUERTE ACABA DE TOCAR A SU PUERTA.
ENVÍE 20 COPIAS A SUS CONOCIDOS, AMIGOS, FAMILIA.
UNOS DÍAS MÁS TARDE TENDRÁ BUENAS NOTICIAS O UNA GRAN SORPRESA.
YO TE LO ENVÍO YA QUE LA CARTA TIENE QUE DAR LA VUELTA AL MUNDO.
ENVÍE SIMPLEMENTE 20 COPIAS Y ESPERE A VER LO QUE PASARÁ EL NOVENO DÍA.
NO CAMBIE NADA DEL TEXTO QUE SE LE HA ENVIADO, CÓPIELO EXACTAMENTE COMO SE LO HEMOS DADO.
This is my translated version - I think it is reasonably accurate (but I don't speak Spanish - but you figure after almost 11 years of knowing Sofia I would have picked up something):
Money can buy a house, but not a home.
Money can buy a clock, but not time.
Money can buy a bed, but not sleep.
Money can buy a book, but not knowledge.
Money can buy medicine, but not health.
Money can buy power, but not respect.
Money can buy blood, but not life.
Money can buy sex, but not love.
This Chinese wisdom brings luck. The original came from the Netherlands.
This wisdom has circumscribed the world 8 times and now it has come to you and will bring you luck. After receiving this letter you will have good luck. This is no joke.
Luck will come to you by mail or the Internet.
Send a copy of this letter to people who really need good luck, do not send money because luck is not bought and do not keep this letter more than 96 hours (4 days).
Here are examples of people who were fortunate after receiving this letter:
Constatin received the first letter in 1953, and had his secretary make 20 copies. Nine hours later he won 99 million marks in his country’s lottery.
Carlos, a worker, received the same letter and did not forward it. Several days later he lost his job. Afterwards, he decided to continue the chain and became rich.
In 1967, Bruno received this letter, scoffed at it and did not forward it. Several days later, his son fell ill. He found the letter and forwarded 20 copies. Nine days letter his son recovered.
Anthony de Croud, a missionary in South Africa, has sent this lucky letter to you. Within 96 hours you must forward it.
Your luck will arrive within 4 days of having received this letter, if you fulfill the requirements of this letter. This is the truth. This letter has been sent to give good luck.
Luck is knocking at your door.
Send 20 copies to people you know, friends and family. A few days later you will receive good news or a great surprise.
I sent you this because this letter belongs to the world.
Send 20 copies and you will see what will happen on the ninth day.
Important: Change nothing in this letter that you have received. Send it exactly as you received it.
Kind of ties in nicely with people expecting a pattern of action to produce a non-causal outcome.
There is no question (in my mind) that those 8 precepts are true, but the rest of it is hocum.