Once upon a time there was a boy whose name was Makato. He was an orphan, for his father and mother had died when he was very young.
He had no brothers, sisters, cousins, or friends to take care of him, so he had to make a living for himself. He did every kind of work—carrying heavy things, clearing away the forest, or feeding pigs.
He never idled over his work, and although he was paid only a small wage, he was satisfied. He knew that if he did not work he would starve. Wherever he went his employers praised him for being sensible, hard-working, good-tempered, and cheerful.
He left his village and set out into the wide world.
He walked along cheerfully, enjoying new insights and talking to the people he met on the way.