An Incorrigible Person

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This is a story of two contrasting persons, Jack and Jane, of which one leads a stable life while the other lands in jail

An Incorrigible person

Jack, A well-known professor resided in Norway along with his wife and children at a prosaic apartment unremitting pursuit of austerity. “Simple living and high thinking” was his principle and wanted his children to burgeon in life with the same philosophy. He never eschewed his duties and responsibilities either in professional or private life. An avid reader of the journals and the novels, Jack always emboldened and actuated his children and students to spend time on productive activities like reading books, solving puzzles, playing games like Chess, and participating in intellectual pursuits like debates. His penchant for literature and country music was ineffable. Jack was genteel and dignified in his behavior and mannerisms and kept himself at arm’s length from all sleazy habits including spirituous drinks. He loved spending time with his wife and children post-college hours and filled the aura of his home with laughter and fun.  Jack saved fifty percent of his monthly earnings on his children’s education so that tomorrow their ambition to become a good citizens and serve their country via any profession of their choice is not curtailed. Neither was an affluent by birth nor had much desire to reach acme in his professional life but still respected and admired by his peers was the Jack!

 

Jane, unfortunately, one of his best friends of Jack is diametrically opposite to him.  He also resided in Norway but at a duplex posh independent house along with his wife and children. He was a hedonist who firmly believed in the principle” Smorgasbord is the spice of life” and wanted his children to follow the same in their practical lives also. He worked as an Accountant at a private firm.  The rapacity to acquire more bucks in the shortest period of time clipped his views and thoughts on morals and ethics to such a larger compass that he failed to realize that a day was eagerly waiting to guillotine him. He had a strong anathema towards hard work and adopted subterfuge to escalate his status in life. According to him, only a person of high status and abundant wealth is the wisest one, and the remaining are just a fig before him. Being obsequious by nature, he used to flatter with his managers to get quick promotions and excoriated his co-workers every now and then despite their sincerity towards the work. He seldom spent time with his family (wife and children) and was mostly preoccupied with activities like drinking, gambling, and horse betting.

 One fine day Jack and Jane encounter each other on a busy street of Norway replete with pandemonium and crowd.  They greet each other and motion to a restaurant to chit-chat and have a cup of coffee.  In course of a discussion about their personal lives, Jane tells Jack that his Spartan living won’t fetch him anything except frustration and depression in life. He tells him a person without wealth is equivalent to mendicant and fit for nothing. Jack counters his statements by telling that earning name and fame by deceptive means is no less than a crime. Jack tells him that the path he has chosen to gasconade his reputation in society as a successful person is only ephemeral and will sure vanish with the advancement of time. Jane laughs at him and signs off from that place.  

 

Jane became an inveterate gambler and splurged all his monthly earnings on gambling and drinking.  He gets fired from the office for misuse of the company’s profits and not only this; even his children earned a bad reputation for displaying the heights of arrogance towards their classmates, the result of which after rhetoric admonishing are debarred from the school. Unable to endure his friend's falling reputation, Jack advises Jane to reform his character at the earliest before the situation festers but he ignores and takes the job of a drug peddler.  Ostensibly, he finds this job interesting and unabashedly auctions his own resplendent house to invest money in drug smuggling. One fine day, the cops beleaguer cache of illegal drugs from the spot where these activities were operational and apprehend Jane.  His wife and children land onto roads with no penny imploring passers-by to help them. Jane languishes in jail and the asperities of its conditions exacerbate his life.

In this story, one can clearly see that how the words of an honest person come true in adjudicating the character of a fool.

Moral of the story:  Unbridled desires could obliviously pave the way for a wretched life with the advancement of time.


Submitted: October 28, 2021

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