Stories That Make You Think: Never Judge Anyone

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Take a moment to read through the story below. I’ve seen it on a bunch of Facebook pages and several Tumblrs. I grabbed it from here. The story will really make you think. If you read it before, it’s worth reading again.

A doctor entered the hospital in a hurry after being called in for an urgent surgery. He answered the call ASAP, changed his clothes & went directly to the surgery block. He found the boy’s father pacing in the hall waiting for the doctor. On seeing him, the dad yelled, “Why did you take all this time to come? Don’t you know that my son’s life is in danger? Don’t you have any sense of responsibility?”

The doctor smiled & said, “I am sorry, I wasn’t in the hospital & I came as fast as I could after receiving the call…… And now, I wish you’d calm down so that I can do my work”

“Calm down?! What if your son was in this room right now, would you calm down? If your own son dies now what will you do??” said the father angrily.

The doctor smiled again & replied: “I will say what Job said in the Holy Book, “From dust we came & to dust we return, blessed be the name of God.” Doctors cannot prolong lives. Go & intercede for your son, we will do our best by God’s grace.”

“Giving advice when we’re not concerned is so easy,” murmured the father.

The surgery took some hours after which the doctor came out happy,

“Thank goodness! Your son is saved!” And without waiting for the father’s reply, he carried on his way running. “If you have any questions, ask the nurse!!”

“Why is he so arrogant? He couldn’t wait a minute so that I could ask about my son’s state?” commented the father when seeing the nurse shortly after the doctor left.

The nurse answered, tears coming down her face: “His son died yesterday in a road accident, he was in the burial when we called him for your son’s surgery. And now that he saved your son’s life, he left running to finish his son’s burial.”

Moral: “Never judge anyone because you never know how their life is & what they’re going through.”


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  • NinaG

    This made me think of an episode from This American Life called 'Got You Pegged' Most of the stories aren't as dramatic as the one in this post but they really do make you think about assumptions and judgements.

  • krystllyght

    Man. Great post.

  • Young Heaux

    I like this a lot. Wish more people thought like this. You know there are times waiters or other strangers in road related altercations or something come at you disrespectful, and the old me would cuss these people out. But I always think this instead "you never know what people are going through" and just brush ish off.
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    • Slim Jackson

      Yeah, I'm guilty of not being as understanding as I could be at times. You never know what someone's going through and what they're capable of.
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  • justlissen

    Posts like this remind me how inherently selfish we are, most times we don't see past our own grief. There's some quote out there that says: you could save a thousand people if you stop focusing on yourself (or something to that effect).
    I think it also translates into walls and barriers… how we're not open to sharing ourselves with others because of what they may think about us. It's easier to accept their judgement when we know it's unfounded.
    IDK, this made me cry on the metro. Nice post.
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  • up4dsn

    Wow! That is so powerful.

    I've been praying and asking God to provide me with that kind of strength and to be able to lean on Him, especially during some of the toughest times I experience.

    It is so easy for us to focus on the negative or assume that no one cares about our plight or what we are going through. But there comes a time when we must stop and ask ourselves to think about what others are going through. Each of our lives are different. Each of us reveals different degrees of ourselves and our lives to others. It's not easy to know what someone is going through or how they are feeling at any given moment. Yet, we can always be considerate and take the time to think about them instead of just ourselves.

    Thank you so much for sharing this Slim. It was my first time reading it…but not my last.
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  • sarahjohansson

    Very powerful! This is something we need to remind ourselves of on a regular basis…
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  • Bree

    That was deep…..makes you think.

  • Monique

    Wow!…..great post

  • Ralph Indigo

    Wow, all the dumb comments were even worse than the story. Can't you people see that this story was fabricated? There are no names, no hospital name, and why would a doctor who was on bereavement leave be called in to do surgery? And who told the story? The doctor? No, he couldn't have because he was not present at the end of the story. The father? If so, it would have been told in the first person. The nurse? No, she was not present at the beginning of the story. There are so many bs stories on the Internet. I am amazed that so many people take them at face value. The only thing missing in this story is the part where they tell you to pass this along to all your friends. These useless stories clog up the Internet big time. So tell all your friends to ignore this kind of junk.