Living On A Lie..!

As I saw pictures of the nineteen floor illegal buildings in Cochin being brought down after the Supreme Court ordered it, and saw other illegal villas in Alibagh being torn down by the government, I thought of children who know that their parents have usurped land that does not belong to them, and built homes there…
“Dad are we living on a lie?”
“What do you mean son?”
“Does this house belong to us dad?”
“Of course my son! Do you know how hard I worked for it, slaved night and day so we could have a home of our own!”
“Even the place where my cot is dad?”
“Where your cot is?”
“Yes is that also our house?”
“It’s inside our house isn’t it son?”
“But it was once part of the outside wasn’t it dad? The plans don’t show it as part of our home does it dad? You have encroached on outside land haven’t you dad?”
“Ssshhh my son, don’t bother yourself with such things, daddy will take care of that!”
“Thanks dad and did you see my report card?”
“What’s this it says you failed in class?”
“I got caught dad!”
“Caught?”
“Yes dad I cheated!”
“You cheated? How could you do, despite all we’ve taught you? Haven’t I told you never to lie?”
“Yes dad!”
“Never to cheat?”
“Yes dad!”
“Then how could you?”
“Because I’m living on a lie dad! Look at where my cot is placed; it is placed on ground that doesn’t belong to us. Ground which you have stolen! You are a thief dad!”
“Don’t say that, I will slap you!”
“Slap me for telling the truth about you? Slap me for cheating in class? I learnt to cheat from you dad. As I lie on my bed every night, on land which you have encroached on, I think, that I am the son of a robber! How many times I have tried to pull my bed to the centre of the room”
“Mummy told me you do that in the night, why?”
“So that I won’t have to lie on a lie! How can I live on a lie dad? And seeing how cleverly you stole that land, when all the others in the colony saved money to buy an extra room, made me think that a little bit of cheating would help me in the exams! ”
“But you got caught son. I didn’t!”
“You did dad. Now you have a son who is a cheat! You’re caught dad..!”

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4 thoughts on “Living On A Lie..!”

  1. How sad Bob…..
    People worked hard to get a roof above their heads… I know people who laboured under the desert sun to make a living and home for themselves…
    Noone wants to live a lie…Believe me…
    It’s unaffordable to so many to buy land and then build a house in Cochin…So they settle for apartments.
    Their hearts hurt Bob….
    It would be so great if we can uphold them at this timein prayer and pray that they might have more wisdom when they buy another home and hope for the bleak future??

  2. Fantastic dialogue between father and son who can talk freely, frankly n fearlessly.
    TRUTH can be regarded as the second name, the first virtue and the very essence of God.

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