Sailing in the same Boat

Condemnation, Introspection

A saintly man was asked by the village elders to dispense justice to a young man who stole some fruits from neighbor's garden.

After listening to the elders and to their demands to condemn the man, he asked the culprit if he had anything to say.

The young man acknowledged that he took some fruits because he was hungry. He sought to do any type of honest work so he could earn his daily bread, but none offered him work.

The man turned to the elders whose conduct he was familiar with and said, "My friends, this young man has confessed his deed. But let me remind you, all are equally to blame for his act. If he was given food or had he been employed he would not have yielded to the temptation. Moreover, all of us are guilty of some sinful act or thought or word in our lives. I suggest therefore we sympathize with his condition and help him rather than condemn him."

People living in glass houses should avoid throwing stones at others.


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