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Left With a Hole in the Ground

A fable of Aesop:

Once upon a time there was a miser who used to hide his gold at the foot of a tree in his garden; but every week he used to go and dig it up and gloat over his gains. A robber, who had noticed this, went and dug up the gold and took it. When the miser next came to gloat over his treasures, he found nothing but the empty hole. He tore his hair and raised such an outcry that all the neighbors came around him, and he told them how he used to come and visit his gold.

"Did you ever take any of it out?" asked one of them.

"No, said he, "I only came to took at it."

"Then come again and look at the hole," said a neighbor. "It will do you just as much good."

The moral: Wealth unused may as well not exist.