Be genuine for your own goodThere was this friend in my class who could rarely complete his English assignments without any spelling mistakes. And he was particular in repeating the same mistakes when it came to some words. Our teacher used to keep correcting him and telling him to learn the correct spelling. But he never improved either because he was not interested or he could not do it, despite the teacher's best efforts.
One day, while checking the homework, our teacher looked up at him, gave a smile and called him to her. 'Shyam, who wrote this for you'? she asked. His reply that he wrote it himself was quick as if he was expecting this question. The teacher smiled and said, ' I have been going through your notes, assignments and test papers for almost a year now and I know you can't write without mistakes. Now, despite your intentional insertions of a few regular mistakes, I can very well make out that this text is not yours'. Shyam looked down and then said, 'Sorry teacher. Since you have been scolding me and trying to correct me almost daily and since I could not make any improvement, I had taken help from a cousin. I will not repeat this.'
Though he had done a mistake, the teacher pardoned him and advised him that he can improve only if he had the will to do so and trying to cheat will only hamper his chances of improving. She said, 'Shyam, don't worry, I will help you. But finally, it is your efforts and commitment that will help you to do better.'
So, the moral of the story is that whatever one does, he should do it for himself. By trying to cover up a mistake or by resorting to malpractices to hide your mistakes or shortcomings, you are doing wrong to yourself as an individual. Anyone who knows you closely, like your parents, teachers, or close friends, will be able to make out the difference very easily. When there is a need to correct your ways, do it sincerely because it is not for the consumption of others but for your own good and no one else is going to lose.
What is your take on this?