There is this famous story that once, a philosophy teacher put a chair in front of the whole class and asked the students to prove that the chair doesn’t exist. While other students were all struggling, one of them quickly wrote something on his paper, gave it to the teacher and left. The other students thought he must have given up. But, after the results came, they realized he was the only one who got the full marks. The teacher read his paper to the class. He had only written: ‘what chair are you talking about?’
There are many similar stories about philosophy classes. Another one that has become famous is the one where the professor went to the class having some items with him. When the class began, he picked up a jar and filled it with golf balls and asked the students if the jar was full and they agreed it was. He then took some small pebbles and poured them into the jar. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. Again, he asked if the jar was full and they replied, ‘yes’. Then, he took a handful of sand from a bag and poured it into the jar and asked the same question and the students, who thought the jar is finally filled now, gave the same answer and were waiting for the professor to explain why he had done so. To their surprise, he didn’t stop and, instead, picked up his mug and poured the coffee inside it in the jar. The students started laughing and the professor explained to them ‘this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things: your beliefs and your family and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car and the sand is everything else.’ He continued: ‘If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. And if you put the pebbles first there will be no room for the golf balls. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.’ All the students were amazed by this beautiful explanation but one of the students raised her hand and asked, ‘what does the coffee for then?’ The professor smiled and said, ‘The coffee was just to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for having a cup of coffee with your spouse or friends.’
These stories are all beautiful stories that you might have heard of or read somewhere. But, there is one that I am sure you will read it for the first time:
Students came to the lecture hall and were waiting for the lecturer to come in. After some minutes, he arrived with a burger in his hand. Now, I just told you story of the chair and the jar, but a burger? That was something original. Everyone started guessing what the burger was for and what the lecturer was trying to explain. Some thought he might talk about how consumerism has become very common nowadays. Others thought he wants to criticize the fast food industry. They were all surprised when he started the class without mentioning anything about the burger. Unable to keep patient, a student raised his hand and asked about the burger. The lecturer smiled and with a shy voice said, ‘I have to give another lecture right after this one, so I thought I can bring my lunch with me and have it between the two lectures since I might not have time afterwards.’
Many things in life can have a simple explanation ; )
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