Two young graduates applied for a single position in a big company. Both of them had the same qualifications.
The two applicants had to sit for a test consisting of 10 questions. Both men could not answer only one of the questions correctly.
After looking at the answers of the test, the manager called in the first applicant and told him, “Both of you answered 9 questions correctly but we have decided to give the job to the other applicant.”
“May I know why I was not chosen since I also had 9 correct answers? the rejected applicant asked.
“Our decision was not based on the correct answers, but on the question you missed,” the manager said.
“How would you judge that one incorrect answer is better than the other?” the rejected applicant asked.
“Simple,” the manager said. “For question 6, your fellow applicant answered ‘I don’t know’. You put down ‘Neither do I’.”
* In today's very materialistic world, so many resort to lying and cheating in order to gain an upper hand. This is a break of the second and/or fourth moral precept.
The fool thinks he can get away with such immoral conduct but sooner or later negative consequences will come round back to him.
* Constant reflection on the following will help us realize the Dhamma and lead a righteous life:
1. Impermanence is a fact of life. Upon death, material possessions, earthly wealth, loved ones and even our bodies cannot follow us. Only our kamma follows us.
2. Life is uncertain. Death is certain. And the point and mode of death are uncertain. Shouldn't we then lead moral and righteous lives?
3. All face old age, disease and death. At the end of the day, what counts is this: Have we led a moral life, rendering service to others and cultivating the mind to grow in compassion and wisdom?
Bro. Oh Teik Bin