A while ago I wrote a blog article entitled “Never Judge a Book by its Cover.” In essence, it was a story about a couple of people I met on a cross channel ferry that had a surprisingly compassionate side to their otherwise unsavoury demeanour. The episode taught me a lot about not pre-judging people or situations. However, my new learning was put to the test last night at my regular weekly Rotary Club meeting.
One of my fellow Rotarians asked me:
“If you knew a pregnant woman that had syphilis and already had eight children; three of whom were deaf; two of whom were blind and one that was mentally retarded; would you recommend she have an abortion?”
The answer seemed obvious… “Of course, yes.”
To which my friend said, “You just terminated Beethoven before he was ever born!”
He quickly followed with another question:
“It is time to elect a new world leader. The choice of candidates is:
Known to associate with crooked politicians and consult with astrologers. He’s had two mistresses; chain smokes and drinks 8-10 martinis a day.
Was kicked out of office twice; habitually sleeps until noon every day; known opium user in his youth and drinks at least two pints of whisky every evening.
A decorated war hero; a vegetarian; doesn’t smoke; drinks only the occasional beer and has never had an extramarital affair.
Which of these candidates would be your choice?”
Having learnt my lesson, I declined to answer!
Who are these three candidates?
Candidate 1: Franklin D. Roosevelt
Candidate 2: Winston Churchill
Candidate 3: Adolph Hitler
Never jump to conclusions!