“The foolish and wicked practise of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.” – George Washington
A video went viral recently of how a house help brutalised a two-year-old child – hitting his head against the wall, slapping him across the face violently, flogging him with hardwood – until he died. All who watched the video were shocked, disgusted and angry. She bagged a life sentence for the crime.
I know a career mother who owes her maid her monthly stipends, yet screams, insults, curses, slaps and kicks the maid for the slightest mistake.
The following morning she dresses smart and gorgeous, hops into her car and off she goes to her office – leaving her eight-month-old baby in the care of the self-same maid.
Although foolishness is the sister of wickedness, to be wicked and foolish at the same time is to be a pitiable nincompoop. Such, my friend, is the lot of some women. Common sense dictates that you be kind to your cook, driver and maid because they do make your life comfortable after all.
Treating your domestic staff wickedly is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die. It takes just a little kindness to win people to your side. However, as water in the desert is wisdom to the soul. Those who don’t have it don’t have it, because not every skull contains a brain.
As my Mum would say, a word is enough for the wise.