Saturday, September 15, 2012

Building a Better Character

"Many years ago, so the story goes, two brothers were convicted of stealing sheep. Since there were no jails in the village, the town fathers came up with a simple, but harsh, form of punishment. They branded the brothers on the forehead with the letters ST, for "sheep thief," and turned them loose. One brother unable to bear the stigma of the brand, left the village and tried to lose himself in a foreign land. But everywhere he went men asked him about the strange letters on his forehead. And so he kept wandering from land to land restlessly. At length, full of bitterness, he died and was buried in a forgotten grave...." 

A Help-Your-Self Booklet, 1959

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