Summary – Your conscience
Imagine you are jungle trekking with a little boy. This boy is holding the compass and only he knows where the north is. You are supposed to go north all the way.
After a few minutes walking, you ask the boy, “Where is the north?”
The boy shows you the direction, “This way sir.”
You see that there is a mountain in front of you. You then suggest to the boy, “We are going around this mountain.”
The boy starts wondering, “Maybe the direction is not important, it’s the destination.”
After another hour, you ask the boy for the direction. And when he showed you the direction, “It’s a 12 o’clock sir”.
Feeling a bit bored with all the trekking, you decide to have some fun. You said, “Instead of 12 o’clock, why not we walk in the 11 o’clock direction. What harm could that slight deviation do?”
From your answer, the boy conclude that a slight change of direction is acceptable as long as you know where you’re going.
Now guys, imagine keep dismissing his answer everytime he answers the whole trip. What will he become?
- He will no longer believe that he is right or that his opinion matters
- He doesn’t even bother to look at the compass when asked for direction
- He may make up his own direction just to have fun
Now imagine that the little boy is actually our conscience. Wouldn’t it be a disaster?
It often start with the smallest thing like a white lie. Also it is usually done with very good intention. We tell lies to protect our loved ones from getting hurt for example. We then tell more lies to cover the previous lies we told. After a while, lying to someone become as natural as everything else in our life. And we are starting to feel that lying is never wrong.
When it reached that level, it’s as if the little boy has totally given up on us.
Now if you would excuse me, I would like to go check on my compass boy and maybe have a look at the compass before going to bed. Hopefully they are repairable.
– I wonder –
Tell any white lies lately?
———– Personal Note ———–
I just came back from my long Aidilfitri holiday. And as usual, I never feel excited about working after a long holiday. It’s been a long day and drive so I will leave you with an Aidilfitri photograph of the family (Me, the mrs and Zafirah)
Have a happy Aidilfitri
Compass Photo Credit – Matti Mattila