Never say never again...A few days ago, it was a good experience to listen to a conversation between a father and his son,. The father, now 76 years old, had been a good organic farmer at Theni. He was always conscious of his health. He and his wife still do not have any ailment.
He went on to share his own experiences with organic farming. He went on to emphasize that his son, a banker should wake up early, do a bit of exercise and then have what is called "kanji" in Tamil. This is nothing but a liquid version of the overnight fermented food with buttermilk and a very small quantity of pickle. The father said that he had taken it for decades. The son went on arguing that "it was old-fashioned."The father went on saying, "never say never again" in English, meaning that the good old habits have to be revisited now. Today's lifestyle diseases were a consequence of bad habits and not taking care of the basics.
And he told the son to come back to his village on a few days leave so that the natural surroundings can help him be a better human being. The son is always short-tempered and irritating. He knew about his father's methods but somehow did not agree with him at all. The father said coming to Theni is not going to happen now. When the trains resume after four months, he suggested that the son come to his native place.
The father had a good message. We always think that we are correct. We never even listen to the others, who may have so many good messages to tell. When we say never, we essentially block out minds and do not allow any other point of view. More often than not, we live in our own world, least understanding that we need to be more open than what we are now.
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