When I was in primary five, our teacher took a decision I’m not sure I’ll ever forget.
My class teacher decided that he was never going to use the cane any longer. If we did anything wrong, he would rather ‘beat our stomach’ by keeping us in hunger.
I remember a particular day when none of us was allowed to go on lunch break. I was so much in hunger pain that I started crying.
Everyone was sad and weak but mine was over the top.
Just in that moment, two ladies who were in junior high school at the time appeared beside our classroom, saw me in big tears and others looking dull, and asked what was wrong.
Upon hearing we were under hunger punishment, they pled unendingly with my class teacher to allow me, at least, to go and eat. So he granted me the permission and I was overjoyed.
I went to the canteen, ate as much as I could and came back fully energized like excited elections.
For some weird reason, when I returned, I remember seeing myself teasing and laughing at my other classmates who were still very hungry.
The same ladies who had helped me came back to rebuke me for my action. They couldn’t understand why I would be favoured and turn around to mock people still in my past experience.
That day, I learned an important life lesson.
Many times, when we see ourselves above a certain level, we are tempted to look down on those below.
We feel that we are better off when we get favoured and ridicule others as though their situation is their fault or they got there by being lazy.
That day, I was taught that it is evil to mistreat people who are in bad situations when we understand what it is like to be in their shoes.
The least we can do is sympathize with them or assist them if we can.
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