Sunday, 26 March 2017

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame

You may have seen the movie or read the book,
or just have heard about the hunchback of Notre-Dame.

It was a bell ringer of the cathedral and no matter how
we got to know about him, we tend to feel a warm sympathy
for the poor boy with the hunchback who was half blind
and also had hearing impairment because of the bells.

In every society, perhaps almost in every village
there are people like him, and no one in their right mind
would get upset with them because of their disability.

That is how our heart feels for people with a physical disability.

But how do we react to people with a crooked personality?
To have a lack of respect, a lack of sympathy, to be jealous,
are all sings of a severely disabled personality
of serious lack of character.

These people are having disability too.
But how do we react?
We get upset with them, we attack them back
we are out to make them feel bad, as they made us feel bad too.

Wouldn't it be more appropriate to pity them?
Just like we felt pity for the hunchback of Notre-Dame?

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