At the End of the Race

Piyusha V By Piyusha V, 25th Jul 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/3ttw-uq8/
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Would you run if you din't know what you were running for? Sounds bananas doesn't it? Then why do most of us not only do that ourselves but also program our kids to do the same???

At the End of the Race

It was with quite some embarrassment that I conceded the fact of my 5 yr. old cousin being wiser than me in matters of no lesser significance than the ‘philosophies of life’. It came about when I told her the age old fable of the hare and the tortoise.
The tale, I am sure you remember, is rather straightforward with no twist and very little suspense. The hare, let’s call him Pat challenges the tortoise, let’s call him Mike for a race to the top of the mountain. While Pat starts off really well, he chooses to indulge in victuals and slumber. Mike on the other hand trudges on most assiduously without respite in the sweltering heat to achieve a glorious victory. “So, slow and steady wins the race” the narrator always concludes rather triumphantly as though he himself has accomplished this mighty feat.
I too, had finished my performance with quite a flourish (my winner’s stance- a foot on the chair, my head thrust up in the air, hands thrown up to very condescendingly accept the applause I expected to be showered with) when my cousin most eagerly asked, “so, what did he win?!” “The race, of course!” I expostulated, exasperated at her for having missed the gist. “No! What did he get after winning at the end of the race?” As her meaning dawned upon me, I slumped in the very same chair which I had been treating like my conquered peak. I could naturally see her point, I mean. The tortoise had run (or may be crawled) the race alright, but what had he won? Nothing! And nothing less than the ownership of the chocolate land as the prize would probably justify his grueling efforts to the 5-yr old (who herself tries to avoid all work which is not aptly rewarded).
One can visualize the situation of course. The tortoise is probably lounging around by the lake-side, floating in the indolence of the water or snoozing in the comfort of his shell, having more or less a perfectly fine day when the hare pops out of nowhere and dares him to ruin his day to no end. Should naturally cast a cloud of doubt on the tortoise’s sanity if he accepts such a proposal, shouldn’t it? Yet, most surprisingly it raises no eyebrows when he jumps into the rat race most willingly. I mean, if one really scrutinizes the situation, keeping personal prejudices aside, the hare had a better time of it all than the tortoise at the end of the day. He ran because he probably had nothing better to do, got the diversion he wished for, ate a hearty meal and had a comfortable nap. “Then why”, I was wondering, “is the tortoise the victor?”, when my cousin suddenly piped back pulling me out of my reverie, “is it that why the hare was sent to the moon? Because he lost? And that is why we can see the shadow of rabbit on it at night?” Her Sherlock-Holmes-deduction thrilled her and I could not help but smile. “Sure! Why not?!”
With a deep sigh I jerked myself out of my shell of comfort and languor and got ready for another day at work, to climb another mountain, to run another rat race. After all who likes to be banished to the moon?!

PIYUSHA VASEKAR

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Hare, Loser, Losers, Rabbit, Race, Rat Race, Slow And Steady, Tortoise, Tortoise Stories, Victory, Winner, Winners

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author avatar Piyusha V
An engineer by profession and a writer at heart.I enjoy computer programming just as much as trekking, roller skating, dancing, travelling and of course reading.

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author avatar Denise O
25th Jul 2012 (#)

A very sweet and enjoyable story, love it. Gosh, how many times did I have to think on the fly myself when my kids were young, good job! Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Piyusha V
30th Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you very much!! :)

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author avatar Denise O
25th Jul 2012 (#)

Excuse my rudeness...
Welcome to Wikinut.:)

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