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How we falsely judge people!

Discussion in 'Mahusiano, mapenzi, urafiki' started by Sidanganyiki10, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. Sidanganyiki10

    Sidanganyiki10 Member

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    A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun threadbare suit, stepped off the train in Boston, and walked timidly without an appointment into the outer office of the President of Harvard University.

    The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods, plain-looking country hicks had no business at Harvard and probably didn't even deserve to be in Cambridge.

    "We want to see the president," the man said softly. "He'll be busy all day," the secretary snapped.
    "We'll wait," the lady replied.

    For hours the secretary ignored them, hoping that the couple would finally become discouraged and go away. They didn't and the secretary grew frustrated and finally decided to disturb the president, even though it was a chore she always regretted.

    "Maybe if you see them for a few minutes, they'll leave," she said to him (the president).

    He sighed in exasperation and nodded. Someone of his importance obviously didn't have the time to spend with folks like that, but he detested gingham dresses and homespun suits cluttering up his outer office. The president, stern faced and with dignity, strutted toward the couple.

    The lady told him, "We had a son who attended Harvard for one year. He loved Harvard. He was happy here. But about a year ago, he was accidentally killed. My husband and I would like to erect a memorial to him, somewhere on campus."

    The president wasn't touched.... He was shocked. "Madam," he said, gruffly, "we can't put up a statue for every person who attended Harvard and died. If we did, this place would look like a cemetery."

    "Oh, no," the lady explained quickly. "We don't want to erect a statue. We thought we would like to give a building to Harvard."

    The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and homespun suit, then exclaimed "A building, do you have any earthly idea how much a building costs? We have over seven and a half million dollars in the physical buildings here at Harvard."

    For a moment the lady was silent. The president was pleased. Maybe he could get rid of them now. The lady turned to her husband and said quietly, "Is that all it costs to start a university? Why don't we just start our own?"
    Her husband nodded.

    The president's face wilted in confusion and bewilderment.

    Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford got up and walked away, traveling to Palo Alto, California where they established the university that bears their name, Stanford University, a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about. (A TRUE STORY-----by Malcolm Forbes)

    How often do we shun, deride or despise people just because they fall short of our transient material standards?
    How often do we ride rough-shod over people because we think they have nobody or aren’t connected?
    How often do we treat our fellow beings with disdain just because we think they are poor, powerless or not politically correct?
    How often do we esteem people simply because of what we consider we might gain from them?
    How often, then, do we honour the perfect creator and his creations?

    Think on these things....

  2. WomanOfSubstance

    WomanOfSubstance JF-Expert Member

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    Dont judge a book my its cover!
    Was this a mistake of attribute?Good lesson.
  3. afrodenzi

    afrodenzi Platinum Member

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    My dear we do this every day
    Judging without knowing a person.....
    My God help us to change our atitude
    Towards others..
  4. Sidanganyiki10

    Sidanganyiki10 Member

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    WOS,Somehow Yes,But I think mainly because we have become so obsessed with physical appearances that we tend to think that the outward ensemble represents the inner qualities or virtues.Sadly,that is not always the case.I think the hardest thing to do in our daily transactions with people is the ability to look beyond the outer facade and appreciate the beauty of GOD in every being.