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The sun and the wind

Jun 21, 2021
Social sciences in 🏛️ soc

I read a fable about the sun and the wind, in the book How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie.

Quoting it here:

They quarreled about which was the stronger, and the wind said, "I'll prove I am. See the old man down there with a coat? I bet I can get his coat off him quicker than you can.”

So the sun went behind a cloud, and the wind blew until it was almost a tornado, but the harder it blew, the tighter the old man clutched his coat to him.

Finally, the wind calmed down and gave up, and then the sun came out from behind the clouds and smiled kindly on the old man. Presently, he mopped his brow and pulled off his coat. The sun then told the wind that gentleness and friendliness were always stronger than fury and force.

This lesson is personal. It seems like wisdom is dawning upon me after all these years of youth spent in misdirected anger.

© 2021 Sanyam Kapoor