The Need to Stop Eating with Ten Fingers
- A popular saying admonishes us not to eat with ten fingers. This axiom is not a homily about
table manners. It is a metaphor about the virtue of living prudently. A more prosaic rendering will
go like this: save a portion of your earnings for the possibility of emergencies in the here and
now, and for the uncertainties of the future. Or put differently, always save for the proverbial
rainy day. But both poetry and prose seem to elude us.