The Fisherman

A fisherman went to a river to fish. When he had laid his nets across the stream, he tied a stone to a long cord and beat the water on either side of the net to drive the fish into the meshes. One of the neighbors that lived nearby, seeing him thus employed, went up to him and blamed him exceedingly for disturbing the water and making it so muddy as to be unfit to drink. "I am sorry," said the fisherman, "that this does not please you, but it is by thus troubling the waters that I gain my living."