Thursday, July 19, 2007

The watermelon patch

Do threats, lies and deceit work in the real world as well? Well, the short answer was 'no' in past, and it is still 'no' in the present. But here's a story that illustrates why:

There was a farmer who grew watermelons. He was doing pretty well, but he was disturbed by some local kids who would sneak into his watermelon patch at night and eat his watermelons. After some careful thought, he came up with a clever idea that he thought would scare the kids away for sure.

He made up a sign and posted it in the field. The next day, the kids showed up and they saw the sign which reads, "Warning! One of the watermelons in this field has been injected with cyanide."

The kids ran off, made up their own sign and posted it next to the farmer's sign. When the farmer returned, he surveyed the field. He noticed that no watermelons were missing, but the sign next to his reads, "Now there are two!"

In the short term you are tempted to take solicit of deceit because of the quick results that it promises. But please remember: life isn't a reel life movie where a villain gets to smile till the very end. Usually, what goes around... comes around.