I read this thing… (January 5)

And I remember a little joke and the joke is that Little Johnny comes home from school with a note from the teacher that said Little Johnny stole a pencil from the kid who’s sitting next to him and Johnny’s father is furious and said, “Johnny I can’t believe it.  I’m disappointed.  I’m humiliated.  You never never steal a pencil from the kid who’s sitting next to you and besides Johnny, if you need a pencil you could just say something.  You could just ask, you could mention it and I could bring you dozens of pencils from work.”

Dan Ariely, in “Scientific American

Sometimes we don’t realize the things we rationalize. Sometimes it’s difficult to grasp how the little things we say or do contradict the message we hope to deliver. We are all teachers. All of our words count towards making a difference.

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