Tongue Tongue

By Joseph Mattappally on 05-10-2011

        One cannibal was walking through the jungle and came upon a restaurant operated by a fellow cannibal. Feeling somewhat hungry, he sat down and looked over the menu; it read, Sun Grilled Tourist – $5.00, Broiled Missionary – $7.00, Fried Explorer with garlic: $9.00, Freshly Baked Politician – $150.00. The cannibal called the waiter over and asked, 'Why such a huge price difference for the Politicians?” The cook replied, “Have you ever tried to clean one? They're so full of shit, it takes all morning!” Politicians are always put to ridicule, simply because most of them are shamelessly corrupt. I remember a research student concluding that it was a politician who first appeared in this universe, because it is written that everything came out of chaos and politicians only create absolute chaos. If ever a politician becomes shit full, it is mostly because of his own deeds and words; same is the case with everybody. Words could be more harmful than deeds, I believe. Politicians speak too much.        A tongue is more than a mobile mass of muscular tissues that occupy much of the mouth cavity. It is an organ we need to control the most. There is a saying that most of our organs are in pairs but tongue is not. That could be why Shakespeare wrote, “Listen to many, speak to a few.” It is calculated that we use up to 10,000 words every day and only very few fits the situation. Speaking without thinking can put anyone into great troubles. Here is a thief story. A man was caught for stealing a bag of onions and taken to the judge. The judge gave him a choice of three punishments: eat the onions he had stolen at one sitting; submit to a hundred lashes of the whip or pay a fine. The man said he would eat the onions. He began confidently enough but after eating a few, his eyes began to burn, his nose started running and his mouth felt as if it were on fire. “I can’t eat the onions,” he said. “Give me the lashes instead.” But after he had received a few strokes he began to turn and twist to avoid the whip. “I can’t bear it!” he screamed finally, “I’ll pay the fine.” So he paid the fine and was let off, but he became the laughing-stock of the city for having taken three punishments for the same crime.         Any word that we utter has destructive, sustaining or constructive energy with it. A discouraging word is enough to ruin ones ambitions; an encouraging word is enough to build up a new world. It is without awareness of these aspects that we generally speak, making most situations worse. If anyone likes to avoid unnecessary dialogues, try chanting this prayer before every time you speak something, ‘Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, how many pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?’

About The Author

Sri. Joseph Mattappally

Sri. Joseph Mattappally, Founder and Director of Indian Thoughts, is a writer and social worker. He is also a Reiki Master (RIRC Mumbai) and licensed Amateur Radio Operator ( VU2JIM). He has authored 'Success Secrets', a book detailing basic life management principles.