On the first day, God created the dog

and said:'Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes along.

For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.'

The dog said: '20 years ? That's a long time to be barking.

How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?'

So God agreed.

On the second day, God created the monkey


and said: 'Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span.'

The monkey said: 'Monkey tricks for twenty years?

That's a pretty long time to perform the same tricks.

How about I give you back ten like the Dog did?'

And God agreed.

On the third day, God created the cow

and said:

'You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.'

The cow said: '60 years? That's a long time for such a tough life that you want me to live. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?'

And God agreed again.

On the fourth day, God created humans

and said:

'Eat, sleep, play, be merry, marry, and enjoy your life.

For this, I'll give you twenty years.'

But the human said: 'Only twenty years, thatís not much time to enjoy life? Since they arenít going to be using them, couldnít you possibly give me my twenty years, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back too; that makes eighty in all, okay?'

'Okay,' said God, 'You asked for it.'

So that is why for our first twenty years as humans we eat, sleep, play, make merry and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information.

I'm doing it as a public service.