Love the Trees

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Once upon a time there was a teacher in a remote school of Rajasthan. Every Saturday he used to ask his students to plant and water trees in and around school campus. He used to tell the importance of trees to the students.

 He was popular as a very strict teacher. He was in habit of asking students to bring a stick from the trees around if some student commits some mistake. Every time student bringing a stick will get seven blows on the palms.

Once, an intelligent boy from the school could not do his homework right. The teacher asked the boy to bring a stick from the Neem tree in the campus of the school. The boy was frighten by the thought of being beaten before the class. Other students were also thinking that today their monitor will be punished. Then the boy asked, “Pardon me, Sir. You always tell us about the importance of planting and taking care of the trees. Now you are ordering me to spoil a branch of a small tree that will become a big branch in the future. A large number of birds will lose their future home by this act of mine. Even knowing this, should I bring a stick for you?”

The teacher asked the boy to come forward. The boy was a little afraid. But teacher patted him on his back and told the class, “This is the answer that I expected all of you. Everyone who brought the stick deserves to be punished not for their other mistakes but for harming the environment.” Everyone in the class learnt the lesson of loving the trees and the boy established his intelligence in the whole village.

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