A Modern Parable, The Crutch Society

Modern parable on being normal and abnormal. These days people consider whatever they like is normal and whatever others like is abnormal. This being the case, majority of the people have become blind followers and they think they are normal. Here is a beautiful modern parable that illustrates on what normality and abnormality are.

A man once hurt his leg. He had to walk with a crutch. This crutch was very useful to him, both for walking, and many other things. He taught all his family to use crutches, and they became part of normal Life. It was part of everyone’s ambition to have a crutch. Some were made of ivory, others adorned with gold. Schools were opened to train people in their use, university chairs endowed to deal with the higher aspects of this science.

A few, a very few people, started to walk without crutches. This was considered scandalous, absurd. Besides, there were so many uses for crutches. Some replied, and were punished. They tried to show that a crutch would be used sometimes, when needed; or that many of the other uses to which a crutch was put could be supplied in other ways.

Modern Parable to Illustrate A Moral Lesson

Modern ParableFew listened. In order to overcome the prejudices, some of the people who could walk without support began to behave in a totally different way from established society. Walking without crutches still they remained few.

When it was found that, having used crutches for so many generations, few people could in fact walk without crutches, the majority ‘proved’ that they were necessary. ‘Here,’ they said, ‘here is a man – try to make him walk without a crutch. See? – He cannot! ’but we are walking without crutches,’ the ordinary walkers reminded them.

‘This is not true; merely a fancy of your own,’ said the cripples, because by that time they were becoming blind as well – blind because they would not have the perception to look at life other than their own. The same thing is happening with our society too. We believe the majority is normality and the minority is abnormality. It is the people who define being normal and being abnormal.

Define your own normality and don’t give a damn to what society thinks. Societies are created by people but these days societies are creating people. Let you live the life you want not the life the society wants you to live.

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