Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Helping Hands

             Three lizards were resting upside-down sticking to the roof of a room. One of them fell down accidentally. A few seconds later, the other two lizards also fell down. Why? This is a silly question often asked to kids to entertain and enlighten them. The expected funny answer is as follows:
         The lizard is held tightly to the supporting surface even against gravity by operating the special structure of the palms. On seeing the fall of their friend, the two lizards laughed at him and enjoyed his fall by clapping their hands. This abolished their contact with the roof and they fell down flat!
         Crabs captured from water are often transported in open cages. A lid is not needed, as any crab trying to rise to the top to escape will be quickly caught and dragged back to the bottom by the other crabs in the cage.  
          How do we react when others fall or try to rise? Are we stepping-stones? 
Are we stumbling-blocks for the progress of others? 
‘Love’ is the best language for inter personal communication. Even the blind, the deaf and the mentally retarded can perceive love.
          Let us render a helping hand to the helpless people around us.
© By Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India & Dr. Resmy Shajul, M.D, Senior Resident in Medicine, Govt. Medical College, KottayamKerala, India.
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