A young man was riding his bicycle along a road in an Indian village, early in the morning. A speeding car hit the cycle and there was a shower of pieces of fresh flesh all around. The cycle fell into a bushy ditch by the side of the road. People rushed to the scene of the accident. Everyone was moved by the gravity of the accident. The driver stopped his car and was speechless as the helpless victim appeared to have been reduced to a heap of bleeding flesh. Women cried aloud. Someone called the police and their vehicle reached the scene.
Suddenly a policeman observed that the bicycle in the ditch was moving upwards slowly. He reached the spot and was surprised to see a person trying to push the bicycle up from the ditch. A young man came out of the ditch and was identified as the person who worked in the hotel nearby. On questioning, he told that he was the cyclist who was hit by the car and flung into the ditch along with his bicycle. He had only minor injuries. The people were confused about the origin of the scattered pieces of flesh.
The cyclist replied, “That was from the basket that was strapped to the carrier of my bicycle. It contained pieces of meat which I was carrying to the hotel from the slaughterhouse.” The basket was obviously shattered by the crash and the pieces of meat spread as a shower and were scattered all around, frightening everyone.
A moment of misunderstanding or misinterpretation may be very disastrous and may lead to erroneous or dangerous conclusions. Appearances can be deceptive.
It is wrong to draw conclusions until we know all the facts. His Grace the Most Rev. Philipose Mar Chrysostom Mar Thoma Valiya Metropolitan and former Head of the Mar Thoma Syrian Church, once remarked humorously, “Three unmarried girls are responsible for most of the troubles in the world. These miscreants are: Misunderstanding, Misinterpretation and Misrepresentation.” Because these three words start with ‘Mis’, they were described humorously by the Metropolitan as ‘Miss’ troublemakers.
Prejudice, discrimination, racism and judgement by external appearances have plagued humanity for centuries. Such biased judgements do not reflect truth or reality. God does not show partiality or favouritism. God judges everyone by the same standard. God expects us to behave like Him. We must use intelligent interpretations and just judgement to arrive at sensible conclusions and wise decisions.
© By: Prof. Dr. Babu Philip, Darsana Academy, Kottayam-686001, Kerala, India ( Former Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India), Prof. Mrs. Rajamma Babu, Former Professor, St. Dominic's College, Kanjirappally, Leo. S. John, St. Antony's Public School, Anakkal, Kanjirappally and Neil John, Maniparambil, Ooriyakunnath, Kunnumbhagom, Kanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, Kerala, India.
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