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Are we Fishermen?

Are We Fishermen?
Now it came to pass that a group existed who called themselves fishermen.
And lo, there were many fish in the waters all around. And the fish were

Week after week, month after month, and year after year. Those who called
themselves fishermen met to talk about their call to fish, the abundance of
fish, and how they might go about fishing.

Year after year they carefully defined what fishing means, defended fishing
as an occupation, and declared that fishing is always to be a primary task
of fishermen.

Continually they searched for new and better methods of fishing and for new
and better definitions of fishing. They sponsored costly nation-wide and
world-wide congresses to discuss fishing, promote fishing, and hear about
all the ways of fishing such as the new fishing equipment, the fish calls,
and any new bait.

In addition to meeting regularly, they organized a board to send out
fishermen to other places where there were many fish. All the fishermen
seemed to agree that what was needed was a board which could challenge
fishermen to be faithful to fishing.

Large training centers were built whose original and primary purpose was to
teach fishermen how to fish. Over the years, courses were offered on the
needs of fish, the nature of fish, where to find fish, and how to approach
and feed fish. Those who taught had doctorates in fishology. But the
teachers did not fish. They only taught fishing. And those who were sent out
did exactly as those who sent them. They formed groups and held special
meetings to define fishing, to defend fishing, and to declare how important
fishing was. They talked about the great need for fishing. They prayed much
that many fish might be caught. They analyzed the fish and discussed what is
necessary in order to catch fish. But one thing they did not do, they did
not fish.

Now it's time that many of the fishermen sacrificed and put up with all
kinds of difficulties. Some lived near the water and bore the smell of dead
fish every day. They received the ridicule of some who made fun of their
fishermen's clubs and the fact that they claimed to be fishermen, yet never

Imagine how hurt some were when one day a person suggested that those who
don't catch fish are not really fishermen. Is a person a fisherman if he
never catches a fish?

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