Following Rules

Two neighbouring villages, Rampur and Sompur, were suffering from severe drought. In both the villages, there was a well each, which was the only source of water. The village heads announced that only one family can draw water from their respective wells every day. By taking turns they hoped that they could save the well water from drying up and sustain till the monsoon season.

Now the people of Rampur were sensible and understood the wisdom of their village head in taking such a decision. They soon made a poster listing the names of the families and the dates on which they would have their turn at drawing water. They pasted the posted near the well. Though it was difficult to manage till their next turn came, every household in Rampur abided by the list as they realized that it was the only way they could save their well from drying up and go completely without water.

But the people of Sompur were not that compliant with rules. They were not very law abiding and the village head was having a tough time in maintaining law and order. So, though they all agreed at the time of announcement to take turns to draw water, many households stealthily drew extra pots of water in the nights. So naturally, one day, the well of Sompur dried up completely. Soon all villagers had no choice but to pack their belongings and family and move to other distant places in search of water. They had to abandon their fields and places of work too, along with their houses and start a search for jobs in the villages they moved to. Only after going through all the trouble, they realized the wisdom of their chief’s words. They lamented for not using their well water prudently and understanding its worth.

While the villagers of Rampur remained in their hometown, in their own houses and fields, the villagers of Sompur were spread far and wide, away from their homes, awaiting anxiously for the monsoon when they could return to their hometown.

Moral: Following rules that stem from experience assures sensible results.

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