THE FOUR MODELS OF MAN
A great teacher wanted to enlighten his students about different kinds of attributes and attitudes of people. He exhibited four models of man made using different materials- mud, sponge, stone and sugar respectively. He gave four bowls containing water and asked them to study how the models reacted with water.
The model made of mud dissolved and polluted the water. The sponge model absorbed water. The stone model was inert while the sugar model dissolved and sweetened the water. The teacher then explained the observations and their implications.
The persons resembling mud interfere with others, create problems and disrupt peaceful social life. Persons resembling sponge exploit others and receive benefits from society without offering any help or service. The stone-like persons are inert but do not offer any service to society. The people resembling sugar are ready to sacrifice themselves to serve others and sweeten the society.
By Dr. Babu Philip, Professor, Cochin University of Science & Technology, Fine Arts Avenue, Kochi-682016, Kerala, India.
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