In Nebraska, USA, David, a young man from a hereditary farming family, experienced a huge blow when his land and home were passed on to a distant relative due to bureaucratic delays in the will. David and his father had to leave for the city, but David often came to the vicinity of the farm and saw that everything was gradually falling into desolation. He shared his dream of buying back the land on which his relatives lived and would be engaged in farming again with local farmers.
Years later, David and his father found out that their beloved family farm was up for auction. They collected all the funds they could and arrived at the auction site, where they saw about 200 farmers who had driven up from the surrounding area. David counted many wealthy owners who could easily outbid their price, and his heart sank into his heels from despair.
Despite this, David and his father joined the fight and announced their bid. The auctioneer also froze, trying to hear what amount the next potential buyer would name. However, to their surprise, all the farmers who applied to participate in the auction were silent.
The auctioneer tried to “warm up” them with advertising of convenient and fertile lands, but to no avail. In order to stall for more time, the auctioneer took a break for the participants to think about specific bids, but still, no one spoke. Realizing that it was impossible to pull any more, the auctioneer called the final and only sale price, leaving David and his father stunned.
It turned out that the 200 farmers were silent during the auction to support David’s dream of returning his family’s farm. Each of them loved their land, was devoted to it, and believed that David and his father had lost their land unjustly. The farmers’ silent act showed the cohesion of people who are engaged in one thing.
Although some journalists questioned this story because they have not seen documentary evidence, it remains a heartwarming and inspiring tale of people coming together to support a common cause.