Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Three Fishes

Once, three fishes lived in a pond. One evening, some fishermen passed by the pond and saw the fishes. 'This pond is full of fish', they told each other excitedly. 'We have never fished here before. We must come back tomorrow morning with our nets and catch these fish!' So saying, the fishermen left.

When the eldest of the three fishes heard this, he was troubled. He called the other fishes together and said, 'Did you hear what the fishermen said? We must leave this pond at once. The fishermen will return tomorrow and kill us all!'First fish
Second fishThe second of the three fishes agreed. 'You are right', he said. 'We must leave the pond.'

Third fish
But the youngest fish laughed. 'You are worrying without reason', he said. 'We have lived in this pond all our lives, and no fisherman has ever come here. Why should these men return? I am not going anywhere - my luck will keep me safe.'

The eldest of the fishes left the pond that very evening with his entire family. The second fish saw the fishermen coming in the distance early next morning and left the pond at once with all his family. The third fish refused to leave even then.

The fishermen arrived and caught all the fish left in the pond. The third fish's luck did not help him - he too was caught and killed.

The fish who saw trouble ahead and acted before it arrived as well as the fish who acted as soon as it came both survived. But the fish who relied only on luck and did nothing at all died. So also in life.


  1. It would be great to have some numbers that show residents how their house value will drop considerably as Marinwood becomes Marin City North.

    The 3 fish story was perfect timing. I was at a local bbq and was telling a group that before this is approved, my wife and I will move. My wife and I are highly educated (MBA's) and we are business professionals but what we have a lot of is COMMON SENSE. As it turns out we are not the only ones that will move as several people stated they were thinking the same. Those that had no clue what was going on were asking questions in an attempt to get up to speed. It is like when a company is going down, the smartest and brightest are always the first to leave. No difference in Marinwood either.

  2. I am not certain that an accurate projection of housing costs can be made. Anecdotely, you can guess from your own preferences whether you'd like to live near a large rental community. I think the loss of Marinwood Plaza as a potential vibrant retail center forever is even more devastating. More government services will be needed such as police and fire. Schools will be more crowded with less funding. Our new neighbors will also be VOTERS so there is a greater probability for increased parcel taxes. Time will tell.