Sunday, 26 October 2014
“Cheating is the Nature of Some Students and Helping Such Cheating Students is my Nature – A Short Story” - Professor M.S.Rao
“You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” - Abraham Lincoln
Recently my son shared a story of a boy helping a struggling scorpion to come out of water to a safer place. I liked the story very much as it touched with my real life experience when I worked as a professor in an educational institution in India. Here goes the story:
A scorpion was struggling in water to come to the safer place. A boy observed the struggling scorpion and tried to help it. He extended his hand to the scorpion to lift and place it in the safer place. Whenever he touched the scorpion, it baited the boy. Boy got pain every time he tried to help the scorpion but he did not give up helping it. A passerby observed this and asked the boy, “Why are you helping the scorpion when it is biting you?” Boy smiled and said, “It is the nature of the scorpion to bite and it is my nature to help the scorpion to reach to the safer place.” The passerby appreciated the boy’s kind heart. Finally, the boy took a leaf and slowly lifted the scorpion and placed it on the safer place. In real life also, we come across some people who are harmful but we still extend our hands when they are in problems.
This story is related to my experience when I worked as a professor in an educational institution. As my vision is to build one million students as global leaders by 2030, I dedicated each of my authored books to 50 students in the educational institution. My intention to dedicate books to students is to serve as a lifetime gift to students, and to enable them to show it as a reference during their employment interviews to grab employment opportunities. Also, dedication is one of the five steps to groom them as global leaders in my ‘Vision 2030’. Some of the students came to me to get their name included in the dedication list. Initially, they were very pleasing and polite to get their names included in the dedication list of books as my books are sold all over the world and their names will also be known along with the books thus giving them visibility. I was touched with their positive response. I bought books with my own money and gifted them to inspire them. Unfortunately, some of the students stopped showing their faces subsequently after availing this benefit. I pitied them as they missed the further opportunities to grow as global leaders. Some of them cheated me in many ways. Then I recalled the story of the scorpion biting the helping boy and the boy helping the biting scorpion reach to a safer place. I came to a conclusion that cheating me is the nature of some students, and helping such cheating students is my nature.
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.
If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” ― Mother Teresa
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