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Stories of Careful Thinking and Community

by | Dec 23, 2015 | Humanist Stories | 0 comments

Stories have power to illustrate the importance of our values. The following are some stories about careful thinking and community:

Careful Thinking

This story about careful thinking is of unknown origin and comes in many versions:

A young woman was preparing a ham dinner. After she cut off the end of the ham, she placed it in a pan for baking. Her friend asked her,”Why did you cut off the end of the ham”? And she replied, “I really don’t know but my mother always did, so I thought you were supposed to.”

Later when talking to her mother she asked her why she cut off the end of the ham before baking it, and her mother replied, “I really don’t know, but that’s the way my mom always did it.”

A few weeks later while visiting her grandmother, the young woman asked, “Grandma, why is it that you cut off the end of a ham before you bake it?”

Her grandmother replied, “Well dear, otherwise it would never fit into my baking pan.”


This story about community comes from Aesop:

A father had four sons who were always arguing. One day he decided to teach them a lesson. He gathered four sticks and tied them together with twine.

Later, the father gathered his sons together and asked them to break the sticks. Each tried, but none of the sons was able to do it.

Next the father untied the bundle and gave each of the sons a single stick. These they broke without any trouble.
“You see,” the father said, “when you are bound together, you are strong. But when you are divided, you are weak.”

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