Power of Non-violence in Parenting

Discussion in 'Jokes' started by Ashna, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. Ashna

    Ashna Bronze IL'ite

    Messages:
    115
    Likes Received:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    33
    Gender:
    Female
    Dr. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and founder of the M.K.Gandhi Institute for Non-violence, in his June 9 lecture at the University of Puerto Rico, shared the following story as an example of "non-violence in parenting":

    "I was 16 years old and living with my parents at the institute my grandfather had founded 18 miles outside of Durban, South Africa, in the middle of the sugar plantations. We were deep in the country and had no neighbors, so my two sisters and I would always look forward to going to town to visit friends or go to the movies.

    One day, my father asked me to drive him to town for an all-day conference, and I jumped at the chance. Sin ce I w as going to town, my mother gave me a list of groceries she needed and, since I had all day in town, my father ask me to take care of several pending chores, such as getting the car serviced. When I dropped my father off that morning, he said, 'I will meet you here at 5:00 p.m., and we will go home together.'

    After hurriedly completing my chores, I went straight to the nearest movie theatre. I got so engrossed in a John Wayne double-feature that I forgot the time. It was 5:30 before I remembered. By the time I ran to the garage and got the car and hurried to where my father was waiting for me, it was almost 6:00.

    He anxiously asked me, 'Why were you late?' I was so ashamed of telling him I was watching a John Wayne western movie that I said, 'The car wasn't ready, so I had to wait,' not realizing that he had already called the garage. When he caught me in the lie, he said: 'There's something wrong in the way I brought you up that didn't give you the confidence to tell me the truth. In order to figure out where I went wrong with you, I'm going to walk home 18 miles and think about it.'

    So, dressed in his suit and dress shoes, he began to walk home in the dark on mostly unpaved, unlit roads. I couldn't leave him, so for five-and-a-half hours I drove behind him, watching my father go through this agony for a stupid lie that I uttered.

    I decided then and there that I was never going to lie again. I often think about that episode and wonder, if he had punished me the way we punish our children, whether I would have learned a lesson at all. I don't think so. I would have suffered the punishment and gone on doing the same thing. But this single non-violent action was so powerful that it is still as if it happened yesterday. That is the power of non-violence."

     
    Loading...

  2. rathi

    rathi Bronze IL'ite

    Messages:
    178
    Likes Received:
    29
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Gender:
    Female
    Powerful punishment!

    Ashna,

    That was a wonderful story. The father in the story could not have given a more powerful punishment that made his son remember for so long. I remember, when we were young my Mom used to tell us repeatedly whenever we were mischievious or did something wrong..."no point punishing you all for what you are doing. We parents need to be punished for the way we have brought you all up". Those lines use to automatically start lingering in our ears whenever we tend to do a mistake. Those were very powerful lines!

    Rathi
     

Share This Page