I have a job where I push a large square boulder up a hill. I’m paid $45 an hour for my work. I tend to work 6 to 7 hours a day. I like my job because of the exercise, and I get to be outdoors, and it’s simple.

On some days I reach the top of the hill. Some people have said to me that this must then be the easy part of my job because all I have to do is nudge the stone boulder and it then rolls by itself down the hill. But they are wrong. It takes more work moving the boulder down the hill because I have to control where it goes.

I learned this the hard way. The first time the boulder went down the hill, I let it go where it pleased. The boulder flattened the mayor’s car. The mayor was not an understanding man and I was fined. There wasn’t an ordinance against squashing a car with a large stone. But I felt badly about what I’d done and I paid the fine.

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