Friday, January 14, 2011

Innocent Inquiries

A child complained to his mother that he has severe stomach-ache. She told him, “It is because your belly is empty. Come and have some food.” The child obeyed. The next day the mother had a heavy head ache. The child consoled her, saying innocently, “Mommy, it is because your head is empty!”
On another occasion, the curious child asked his mother, “Mommy, why are some of your hairs turning grey?” She tried to use this occasion to reform him. “It is because of you, dear. Every bad action of yours will turn one of my hairs grey!” The child replied innocently, “Now I know why your mother has only grey hairs on her head.”
Parents and teachers often forget that children have the right to learn the truth from them. Children may try to imitate their parents and teachers as the children appreciate, admire and adore them. Children should hear and learn only the truth from their elders. Teachers need the humility to admit their ignorance in a particular matter before their students instead of imparting incorrect information, pretending to be scholars.
We should not tell a lie even if telling the truth may cause loss, suffering or pain. We should not tell a lie even if telling the lie may give us money, power or pleasure.

© By Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India and Leo. S. John, Maniparambil, Ooriyakunnath,Kunnumbhagom, Kanjirappally, Kottayam-686507, Kerala, India.
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