An anecdote (probably famous with Buddhists) is worth quoting;

“Once upon a time there was a little boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he should hammer a nail in the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. But gradually, the number of daily nails dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.
Finally the first day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He proudly told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.
“You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out, it won’t matter how many times you say ‘I’m sorry’, and the wound is still there.”

A deeper observation reveals that the problems around the world seem to be only stemming from impatience. Whether it be the church in America planning to burn (God forbid) the Holy Qura’an and the Atheist Society of UCL posting a cartoon which depicts the Holy Prophets Muhammad and Jesus (may peace be on them) having a beer (God forbid) at a pub, or some of the Islamic Jurists who thoughtlessly have issued the edicts to behead Sulman Rushdi, the only rudimentary problem seems to be is lack of patience. Would a sane mind perceive such anomalous display of lunacy as any solution to the root of the problem? Certainly it is akin to adding fuel to the fire.

I appreciate the display of gallantry by some liberal minds that resolutely stand against insanity, and firmly stand by rationality. Indubitably, they deserve admiration. I tell, fighting with extremism is, by no means, a drink to enjoy with; rather you stake your life on it.

But I need to express my displeasure for some liberal lads who, in their own behaviours, obliviously yield to extremism, yet they mean to fight with it. The fact should be learnt that extremism cannot be contained through extremism. In lieu, one will have to exhibit sublimer traits so as to belittle veritable extremism. (By saying so, I never mean to play down their efforts against extremism)

I witnessed some brilliant writers blowing a fuse and yelling back at those who unabashedly or ignorantly disagree with them. I reckon the baseness of the lot against which my learned friends often sound off. I too reckon the agony of my well-cultured comrades which they often have to put up with due to our society afflicted by ill-mannerism. Yet you should never join in a tit-for-tat war because it will neither do well to you nor to your paltry rivals. Involvement in such trivialities only aggravates the fury on both sides. The following adage, which I think is well-known amongst Germans, should be well-learnt by learned scholars;

‘A handful of patience is worth more than bushel of brains.’

My learned friends should also not forget Ralph Waldo Emerson who said ‘adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience’.


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