The train has started moving. It is packed with people of all ages, mostly working men and women and young college guys and gals. Near the window, sat an old man with his 30-year-old son.
As the train moves, the son is overwhelmed with joy because he is thrilled by the scenery outside.
"See dad, the scenery of green trees moving away is very beautiful."
This behavior from the thirty-year-old son made the other people on the train feel strange about him. Everyone started murmuring something or other about this son.
"This guy seems to be a crack," newly married Anup whispered to his wife.
Suddenly it started raining. Raindrops fell on the travelers through the opened window. The thirty-year-old, filled with joy said, “See dad, how beautiful the rain is…"
Anup’s wife became irritated with the raindrops, as they were dropping on her new suit and spoiling it.
"Anup, can’t you see it’s raining? You Old man! If your son is not feeling well, get him to a mental asylum soon and don’t disturb the public henceforth."
The old man hesitated first and then in a low tone replied, "We are on the way back from hospital. My son was discharged this morning. He was blind at birth. Only last week he regained his vision. Rain and nature are new to his eyes. Please forgive us for the inconvenience caused."
— Author Unknown —
The things we see may be right, from our perspective, until we know the truth. But, when we know the truth, our reaction to that will hurt even us. So try to understand the problem better before taking a harsh action.
Most problems in our life, our nation, our world arises from our refusal to see a situation in another’s perspective. We take a stock of the situation upon how we see it – in an unidirectional approach. The same situation could be different from another point of view so unless we open our mind, thought, approach to all the possibilities and accommodate various faces of a same problem/situation – we tend to have simmering tensions and unnecessary differences existing in this world.