Sunday, 1 November 2009

Just because everyone is doing something doesn't make it right

Have you heard the story (I can't remember who originally told it) which starts with a man sitting on a bench on a gorgeous sunny day in a beautiful park. He sits and laps up the rays until a huge bloke comes along and stands in from of him, blocking the sun from his face. The man shuffles along the bench to get out of the man's shadow but as he does the large man moves along to block his sun again. This carries on until eventually the man trying to enjoy the sun starts to get angry:
"Why are you doing this? Stop it."
But instead of the large fellar leaving him to enjoy the sunshine, he continues to cast a shadow over him.

When the man looks around, he see many other people sitting on benches with a large person stood nearby in such as way that the sun is blocked. What's more, they are looking at him disapprovingly for making such a fuss. He eventually quietens down and puts up with his lot!

Sometimes we conform without questioning too readily. Just because everyone else is doing something doesn't mean it's the right or best thing to do.

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