Sunday, June 29, 2008

A story

The water supply to the village was found to be contaminated. It had been so for the past 10 years but was only discovered recently. A young resident villager shared the information with his older neighbours and suggested that they take precautions to ensure their safety. They were now aware of the situation.

Some took the information positively and thanked the him for sharing his concern. Some others slammed him, saying that it was not his place to open his big mouth. The young villager's conscience was clear as he felt he had not done anything wrong. He was however disappointed that his longtime neighbours reacted unreasonably towards his open sharing of information and personal opinion. Their emotions got the better of their objectivity, unfortunately.

People are wired differently and each has his own idiosyncrasies. Nature, nurture, culture, phobias, past experiences all contribute to how a man thinks, feels, acts and behaves. So be it. What is white could be black to one, grey to another or even purple to someone else. But telling the truth is important, even if it hurts.

"The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off" -- Gloria Steinem, feminist, journalist, women's rights advocate.

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