Thursday, August 23, 2012

DON’T THROW THE BABY OUT WITH THE BATHWATER


DON’T THROW THE BABY OUT WITH THE BATHWATER

INTENTION IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN A TOOL
A Mulla Nasrudin Teaching Story
by
VIKRAM KARVE

I don’t know why, but suddenly I thought of telling you one of may favorite “Wisdom Tales” today 

Sometimes, in our over enthusiasm, we tend to go overboard in our actions, and land up throwing out the baby with the bathwater, which may prove counterproductive in the long run.  

Maybe, we  need to read this apocryphal Mulla Nasrudin teaching story which drives home the point that the intention is more important than a mere tool ...  

Mulla Nasrudin bought a knife and was walking home admiring its blade when he was promptly arrested by a policeman.

“What for are you arresting me?” asked a bewildered Nasrudin.

“Intent to commit murder,” said the policeman “You are carrying a tool of murder on your person”.

Suddenly, Mulla Nasrudin pointed towards a distinguished looking old man and shouted to the policeman, “Arrest that man immediately...!”

“What for?” asked the surprised policeman.

“Intent to commit rape,” said Nasrudin, “He is carrying the tool of …”

“Enough…” interrupted the cop. He set Nasrudin free and both of them departed laughing.     

Have a laugh. And after you have finished laughing, think about it and tell us the moral of this story and why do you think it is relevant today. 

And please read the next story I am posting on my blog - this wisdom tale too has a similar moral which I feel is relevant in the today’s context.

VIKRAM KARVE
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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and he is currently working on his novel. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles in magazines and journals for many years before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts. 

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