Not too many years ago, Ma heard about what was called the "Misery Index." She immediately translated the idea into personal terms to describe her situation: The earnings from their agricultural enterprises, less Pa's miserable investments and other antics, equaled the miserable sum left for Ma to take care of everything else. Pa was back on the road to riches recently when he decided to explore expanding the farm in light of locally depressed land prices. His first stop was one especially depressed and depressing spread quite a way from their place. Ma reluctantly accompanied Pa to survey the possibilities. The over zealous realtor showed them what can only be described as a totally worn-out old farm. The land had been worked to death. The weeds were hardly even growing.
The smiling super salesman said,
"Now really, all this land needs is a little water, a nice cool breeze and some good people."
"Yup," Ma agreed without changing expression. "But couldn't the same be said of Hell ?"
----------------A Final Thought ...
"A man should be upright, not be kept upright."
- Marcus Aurelius (121–180 AD), Roman emperor, philosopher. Meditations, bk. 3, sct. 5