Once upon a time there was a magnanimous man. He spent a lot on charitable causes. He built shelter-homes for destitute children, constructed a big library for poor kids, and gave scholarships to meritorious students of backward communities.
One day he was walking in the garden smelling the tantalizing aroma of fresh blooms. He saw a group of kids playing in the garden and decided to sit on a park bench and watch them play.
The kids were playing a game of cricket. The team that was batting consisted of kids from affluent society while the team that was fielding comprised of kids from impoverished community. Whenever the ball went inside the mud-puddle, the rich kids forced the poor kids to enter the dirty swamp and collect the ball.
The magnanimous man quickly understood the gravity of the matter and approached the kids. Upon asking the rich kids on why they insisted the poor kids to go to the swamp, their reply shocked him to the core.
The rich kids replied their parents had clearly instructed them that the poor kids are born to do menial jobs. Also, they are dirty beings and hence it is their job to go inside the filthy slough and collect the ball. Moreover, the poor kids were under the same impression and thought it to be their duty to serve the rich kids.
The magnanimous man couldn’t believe what he heard. He arranged for a meeting the other day and called the parents from both the affluent and poverty-stricken communities. He explained them that every child, no matter where he is born, is capable of realizing his full potential provided he is given the right conditions. Furthermore, he implored the members of the rich community to create a collective fund that would help poor kids to attain high-class education, vaccination against dreadful diseases, and nutritious food to feed upon.
One of them attending the meeting asked ‘Why should we pay for the poor kids?’ The magnanimous man answered with a playful smile across his lips. ‘There are two reasons for that. The first one being that children are the future of our nation. It’s upon their shoulders to carry forward our culture, values, and ethics. All of this is possible only when they will grow in an economically sound environment. And the second reason that will satisfy most of you is that if you help economically deprived kids in their formative years, they will repay your debts accompanied with fantastic interests. Not only your own children but these poor kids will also treat you as their parents. You will have an extended family who will always stand by your side whenever you need them the most. You will never feel left out and will happily pass your old age.’
The potent speech by the magnanimous man had an immediate effect on the parents and they finally understood the gravity of the situation. They immediately found a mutual fund and helped the poor kids as directed by the magnanimous man.
After a decade, when the poor kids attained professional degrees and were placed in high-paying jobs, they not only became responsible citizens of the country but also treated the elderly of the affluent society as their own parents. They spent quality time with them and accompanied them to the hospital for regular check-ups. Also, they established a fundraiser society that helped poor kids across the nation to realize their dreams.
Seeing the magnanimous man’s predictions materialize in front of their eyes, the elderly people were greatly impressed and thus installed a tall and colorful statue commemorating his ideals.
MORAL: EVERY CHILD, NO MATTER WHERE HE IS BORN, IS CAPABLE OF REALIZING HIS FULL POTENTIAL PROVIDED HE IS GIVEN AN ECONOMICALLY SOUND ENVIRONMENT