Friday, March 28, 2008

Flame wars... and trying to remain above the fray...

I've been caught up in something of a flame war at one of my other sites and one of my regular reads. And some of the recent comments reminded me about Ghandi and sugar. This is an illustrative story used by Dr. Stephen Covey in his Seven Habits teachings. I'll let Thomas from Profoundly Simple tell the story:
I am reminded of a story I heard about Mahatma Ghandi. As the story goes, a woman came to Ghandi and asked for his help. This woman told Ghandi that she was afraid for her son's health. He was eating far too much sugar and would not listen to anyone who told him that his was not healthy. She told Ghandi that he was one person that her son would listen to. She implored him to give this admonition to her son. Ghandi said that he could not do so that day, but asked the woman to return in two weeks.

As requested the woman and her son returned to Ghandi in two weeks time. When her son was presented to Ghandi, he told the boy that sugar was a great risk for his health and advised him to stop eating it immediately. The young man was moved by the great man's words and promised to follow Ghandi's advice. As the mother and son were leaving the mother stayed behind for a moment to ask Ghandi a question. She said, "Bapu, why did you have us wait two weeks before you offered this charge to my son." Ghandi smiled and said, "Well, two weeks ago, I was still eating sugar."
Might I be such a leader and so wise.

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