There was a sure blind man who lived in a rural village amongst his kindred— the ‘umu-onye-alushi’, translated as ‘descendants of the one who stays away from fights.’ This was an amicable identify in an period when intra-family squabbles and inter-tribal wars had been the order of the day, however a reputation for which they might pay a worth within the type of a tough dilemma.
The blind man had been suspicious and unfavorable way back to anybody might keep in mind, and he was not about to provide it up. Not wanting to attract a struggle, his kinsmen went to extraordinary lengths to please and to pacify him.
Kinsmen are members of the shut or prolonged household, often born in the identical age group. Then, and even now to some extent, they traveled far and close to, usually barefoot, to characterize their individuals in marriages, leisure and cultural ceremonies.
Glad hosts usually gave out items within the types of rooster, goats and sheep, which the kinsmen would share upon returning dwelling.
‘Take this goat,’ a joyful father, whose daughter had simply turn out to be engaged, stated to the kindred. ‘Share it amongst yourselves.’
Upon arrival again dwelling, the goat was killed, and thirty-five equal parts of its meat set on a picket slaughter slab behind a mud home with a straw-thatched roof. Members lined as much as decide up their shares, starting with the oldest and ending with the youngest. A flock of houseflies hovered over the meat and two canine, one wild, the opposite a home canine, loped close by with some expectation.
When it was the flip of the blind man to pick a portion, he massaged, squeezed, smelt and weighed each remaining portion utilizing each palms. At each flip and contact, he questioned if there was a plot to rob him of his rightful share.
Nonetheless not happy along with his scrutiny, he murmured, ‘If I had my sight, I would not have been a sucker amongst my kinsmen.’
‘Effectively,’ his kinsmen stated, wanting to please him, ‘Subsequent time we will ask his good friend to choose for him.’ There isn’t a method they might see the end result of their new effort to please the blind man.
The reply they sought, although hidden from them, was already recorded within the Guide of Life, as are all current encounters. Nevertheless it wasn’t revealed to them in case they wilted in concern.’
The kindred can let the skeptic work out his suspicion in time, confront him each step of the best way or search to placate him perpetually.
Placating, whether or not meted to the sane or the insane, the weak or the courageous, the in a position or the disabled, solely produces extra turbulence.
A day earlier than the kindred’s yam pageant ended, the kinsmen had been invited to entertain a wealthy king. They danced so nicely that the king was thrilled and rewarded them.
‘Take these goats, thirty-four in all, and provides one to each member of your kinsmen,’ stated the beneficiant king.
Once they bought dwelling, the kinsmen agreed, ‘Allow us to first decide the perfect goat for our pricey brother who’s unable to see, for his coronary heart will rejoice.’ And they also did.
No sooner was the goat delivered to the skeptic than he started to marvel profusely. Pictures of cows confirmed up in his thoughts. New ideas began to type in his mind.
‘If my kinsmen gave me an entire goat,’ he contemplated, scratching his hair with all 5 left fingers, ‘they should have acquired one thing larger, a cow every, maybe.’ He moaned and sighed, and the goat, on a neck rope fixed to barn wooden, joined in. A livid rage shaped ridges throughout the blind man’s face. Specks of blood confirmed up within the white a part of his proper eyeball.
This story raises a number of questions. How far ought to an individual go to placate one other? How does one cope with what they’ve in relation to what others have? How does one choose oneself after glimpsing others?
My father advised this fable to my brother, who narrated it to me. I’m not certain whether or not Dad heard this from my Grandfather. Mine is a rendition. The fable shouldn’t be in any method meant to disparage the really bodily blind.