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This post was edited by abramicus at 2015-6-10 02:08|
A PARABLE OF THE PRODIGAL NEIGHBOR
If a person so coveted his neighbor's orchard that grew fruits by the hundreds of bushels every summer, and occupied it while his neighbor was on vacation, and later had to "protect" "his" property by hiring guards to protect his own house from any retaliatory measures by the neighbor, allowing them to sleep in his living room, his bedroom, and the bedrooms of his sons and daughters, all in the name of "protecting" him and his loot, even to the extent of asking for a known murderer of his kin to extend his protection to his house, would you consider this man a loving parent, doing everything for his family? Or, would you think of him as a selfish individual, doing everything to keep what his eyes covet, even at the expense of the privacy, safety and peace of his own family? Would it not be easier to give back the orchard to the neighbor to whom it really belongs, and ask for a share of the bushels of fruits by saying, "I know the fruits come from your trees in your land, but if I picked them for you, can I share half of it for my family's use?" The rich neighbor probably would have said, "Yes, by all means."
Honesty is the best policy.