HOW TO DEAL WITH AN IDIOT
By Mahatma Ghandi
When Mahatma Gandhi was
studying law at the University College of London, a professor, whose last name was Peters, disliked him intensely and always displayed prejudice and animosity towards him. Also, because Gandhi never bowed his head when addressing him like most others, there were always “arguments” and confrontations.
One day, Mr. Peters was having lunch at the cafeteria when Gandhi came along with his tray and sat next to the professor.
The professor said, “Mr Gandhi, you do not understand. A pig and a bird do not sit together to eat.” Gandhi looked at him as a parent would look at a rude child and calmly replied, “You do not worry, prof. I’ll fly away.” He then went and sat at another table.
Mr. Peters, reddened with rage, decided to take revenge on him at the next test paper, but Gandhi responded brilliantly to all questions. Unhappy and frustrated, he asked Gandhi the following question.“If you were walking down the street and found two packages; one, full of wisdom and the other, a lot of money, which one would you take?”
Without hesitating, Gandhi responded, “The one with the money, of course.” Mr. Peters, smiling sarcastically said,
“I would have taken the wisdom, don’t you think?”
“Each one takes what he doesn’t have.” Gandhi responded.
So great was Mr. Peters' anger that he wrote on Gandhi’s exam sheet the word “IDIOT” and gave it to Gandhi.
Gandhi took the exam sheet. A few minutes later, Gandhi got up, went to the professor and said to him in a dignified, but sarcastically polite tone, “Prof, you signed the sheet, but forgot to put my mark.”
Each day as you deal with idiots, fools and prejudice, remember to leave your mark through your actions and speech. Don't go down to their level of ignorance and don't allow their negative behavior to influence you.