Sunday, 17 January 2016

It's not my problem!

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We are all inter-connected in this world whether we like it or not.
Problems in other parts of the world affect us one way or I said we are all inter-connected.
This world that we live on is our home....our one and only home....yet we continue to destroy it bit by bit.
Wars and more wars, and rumours of this all that we know now?
What happened to Peace and Love?
The news that terrorism is a serious threat and is spreading worldwide even to our little part of the woods was met with disbelief and indignation by a few commenters on a FaceBook page recently.
"Why would they bother to come here? We don't bother anyone. It's a big country's really not our problem."
I found this reasoning rather sad and selfish.
Then this story popped into my relevant.

A rat looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package. What food might it contain? He was aghast to discover that it was a rat trap. Retreating to the barnyard the rat proclaimed the warning; “There’s a rat trap in the house, a rat trap in the house!”
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Excuse me, Mr. Rat, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it.”
The rat turned to the pig and told him, “There’s a rat trap in the house, a rat trap in the house!” “I am so very sorry Mr. Rat,” sympathized the pig, “but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured that you are in my prayers.”
The rat turned to the cow. She said, “Like wow, Mr. Rat. a rat trap. I am in grave danger. Duh?” So the rat returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer’s rat trap alone.
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house, like the sound of a rat trap catching its prey. The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see that it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer’s wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital. She returned home with a fever.
Now everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the barnyard for the soup’s main ingredient.
His wife’s sickness continued so that friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them the farmer butchered the pig.
The farmer’s wife did not get well. She died, and so many people came for her funeral that the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide meat for all of them to eat.
Moral Of The Story: So the next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think that it does not concern you, remember that when there is a rat trap in the house, the whole barnyard’s at risk.
Not sure of the source of this story so couldn't acknowledge appropriately.

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