Asfaar Burhaniyah 2.0

Asfaar Mubaraka of al Dai al Fatemi Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin (tus) across the globe since 1424. (previous asfaar shall be added too insha allah as soon as possible.)The Placemark centered is the Current Location of His Holiness Dr. Syedna Mohammad Burhanuddin (TUS). comments are welcome.

Monday, July 07, 2008

Wisdom - Different Angles of a story

A teacher teaching Mathematics to seven-year-old Arnav asked him, "If I give
you one apple and one apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?"
Within a few seconds Arnav replied confidently, "Four!"
The dismayed teacher was expecting an effortless correct answer (three). She
was disappointed. "Maybe the child did not listen properly," she thought.
She repeated, "Arnav, listen carefully. If I give you one apple and one
apple and one apple, how many apples will you have?"
Arnav had seen the disappointment on his teacher's face. He calculated again
on his fingers. But within him he was also searching for the answer that
will make the teacher happy. His search for the answer was not for the
correct one, but the one that will make his teacher happy. This time
hesitatingly he replied, "Four."
The disappointment stayed on the teacher's face. She remembered that Arnav
liked strawberries. She thought maybe he doesn't like apples and that is
making him loose focus. This time with an exaggerated excitement and
twinkling in her eyes she asked, "If I give you one strawberry and one
strawberry and one strawberry, then how many you will have?"
Seeing the teacher happy, young Arnav calculated on his fingers again. There
was no pressure on him, but a little on the teacher. She wanted her new
approach to succeed. With a hesitating smile young Arnav enquired, "Three?"
The teacher now had a victorious smile. Her approach had succeeded. She
wanted to congratulate herself. But one last thing remained. Once again she
asked him, "Now if I give you one apple and one apple and one more apple how
many will you have?"
Promptly Arnav answered, "Four!"
The teacher was aghast. "How Arnav, how?" she demanded in a little stern and
irritated voice.
In a voice that was low and hesitating young Arnav replied, "Because I
already have one apple in my bag."
"When someone gives you an answer that is different from what you expect.
Don't think they are wrong. There maybe an angle that you have not
understood at all. You will have to listen and understand, but never listen
with a predetermined notion."

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