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A Short Story About a Father and Son

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By Abdul QayyumPublished 3 months ago 3 min read

A Short Story About a Father and Son

"Father, what is my life worth?" a son once asked him.

"My son, if you want to know the value of your life, take this stone and go to the market," his father said, handing him a stone. Keep silent and raise two fingers if someone asks you for the cost."

The child went to the market as instructed by his father. After a while, he was asked, "How much is this stone worth?" by an elderly woman.

The boy held up two fingers, still not saying anything. "Two dollars," the woman said, reaching for her wallet.

Smuseum. Keep silent and raise two fingers if someone asks for the price."

Astonished, the young lad hurried over to tell his father what had happened, adding that an elderly lady in the marketplace had made a two-dollar offer for the stone.

"Son, now I want you to go to the museum," the father answered. Keep silent and raise two fingers if someone asks for the price."

The stone was taken to the museum by the son. A middle-aged guy wearing a suit and tie asked the child, "Sir, how much is this stone worth?" after approximately twenty minutes.

The child held up two fingers and said nothing again. "Two hundred dollars," the man said. I'll cover the cost.

The youngster, filled with fear, ran to tell his father that the man from the museum was interested in purchasing the stone for two hundred dollars.

Then the father told his son to proceed to a stone market.

The son went to the market with excitement, discovered a stone shop, and entered. Behind the counter stood an elderly man. He leaped to his feet and said, "My God!" upon seeing the stone. All my life, I had been searching for this stone! What are your desires for it? What is the price?"

The boy raised two fingers silently. The child was shocked when the elderly guy made a twenty thousand dollar offer for the stone. "Dad, the old man offered me twenty thousand dollars for the stone!" he exclaimed as he ran back to his father.

"Look, son, someone who knows the value of a stone has offered you the highest amount because he recognizes its true worth," the father smiled in response. It holds true for your life as well. Its value is up to you to decide. You have the option of being a twenty-thousand-dollar rock or a two-dollar rock. It is up to you to determine how valuable your own life is. Keep in mind that while there are some who may treat you like a commodity and fail to see your actual worth, there are loved ones for whom you are everything."

And there you have it, the poignant tale of the stone's value and the lesson it imparts about the value of human life.

Understanding and respecting a person's innate dignity and worth is crucial to valuing them. Every person has special traits, abilities, and life experiences that add to the complexity of the human condition. Recognizing a person's rights, upholding their autonomy, and appreciating their contributions to society are all necessary components in appreciating their worth.

In our interactions and relationships, valuing each individual fosters justice, equality, and compassion. It promotes inclusivity and a feeling of belonging where everyone is appreciated and cherished for who they are, regardless of their circumstances, background, or beliefs.

Furthermore, seeing the worth of every individual encourages us to develop empathy and empathy, which in turn promotes a culture of empathy and understanding. It motivates us to show love, understanding, and compassion to others, realizing that every individual merits respect and decency.

To put it simply, the value of a person is essentially found in creating a culture that values variety, equality, and the intrinsic worth of each and every person. We can all live in a more accepting, caring, and just world if we acknowledge and cherish each individual.


About the Creator

Abdul Qayyum

I am retired professor of English Language. I am fond of writing articles and short stories . I also wrote books on amazon kdp. My first Language is Urdu and I tried my best to teach my students english language ,

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