The other day, while channel surfing, I caught a glimpse of Spencer Tracy playing Santiago in Ernest Hemingway’s, The Old Man and the Sea. It didn’t register much at the time because as you may know, when one channel surfs, the little grey cells kind of take a nap. Later though, I began to think about that story and the lessons it has to teach us.
For those who are unfamiliar with the story, Santiago is an old fisherman living in a village not far from Havana. Fishing is his livelihood and yet he has failed to catch any fish in eighty-four days. The young boy, who usually goes out with him, is instructed by his father to stay away from the old man. He is bad luck. So Santiago goes fishing alone.
On the eighty-fifth day, he decides to go out further than he…
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