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Courage - Alexander Fleming - Story

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Courage - Alexander Fleming - Story
« on: February 05, 2013, 09:10:00 AM »
VALUES:  Courage

STORY:    There is a story about a very poor Scottish farmer named Fleming. One day, while tending to his few vegetables, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby swamp. Instantly, the farmer ran towards the swamp. There, sinking up to his waist in thick, sticky mud, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. After some time, the farmer managed to pull the boy from the mud, saving him from a slow and dreadful death.

The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up in front of the farmer’s shack and a well-dressed nobleman stepped out. He introduced himself  as the father of the boy who had been saved. “I want to pay you for your bravery and for saving my son,” he said.

“I cannot accept payment for what I did. I’m just glad I was close by and able to help,” said the farmer. At that moment, the farmer’s son came to the door of the shack. “Is that your son?” asked the nobleman. “Yes,” replied the farmer proudly. “Then let me make you a deal. Let me pay for your son to be well educated at good schools. If he is anything like his father, he will become a man we can both be proud of.”

So Farmer Fleming’s son attended the very best schools and, in time, graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London.Years later, he became world famous as Sir Alexander  Fleming, the person who discovered Penicillin, which is what antibiotics are made from, and which has made a huge difference in helping people get better from illnesses.


TEACHING POINT:

We should not read into this story that there will always be an instant reward for doing good - sometimes we will do good and we won’t necessarily be rewarded. The value of service is doing things to help other people, even when there is nothing in it for yourself. However, the more people who take the opportunity to do good when they can, the better things will be for everybody.

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