Thursday, 20 December 2012

Every tree is known by its fruit

There are many trees of the same family and class, often with the same, but produces slightly different fruits.
Some trees, though different, share the same name and appearance, produce good and bitter fruits. Good apple and crab apple are good examples. There are good grapes and wild grapes also.

The jack fruit tree (seen very commonly in my countryside (Kerala, India) has two variants. The same name, the outer covering of the fruit looks same for a casual look. The older generation used to identify the two variants by the shape of its leaves and the outer covering of the big fruit. The younger generation from my own, has lost the wit. The real fruit is inside this hard thorny cover. The fruits inside are different. Two variants are available different in taste and substance. The inside fruit also has same look with little difference to identify the variance. One variant is more sweet and hard, but the other variant is has some characteristics of jelly. Both are edible, fine and tasty. The first is preferred by most of the people in my land. The second one though liked by some and is of course edible, cause intestinal problems to the majority of people. 

jack fruit

jack fruit cut in the middle

jack fruit - fruits inside the thick thorny covering

jack fruit - fruits inside the thick thorny covering
The two variants of jack fruit tree look same with no clear difference. We have to wait till it bear fruit to declare whether the tree is the first preferred variant or the second one. If the tree bears the second variant jelly like fruit, there is every chance to cut it down for the use as firewood. Why waste place?

Once Jesus said: "Either grant the tree to be wholesome and its fruit wholesome, or the tree poisonous and its fruit poisonous; for the tree is known by its fruit.” (Matthew 12:33)

Ever tree is known by the fruit, is a universal truth.
No tree can be judged good or bad by its trunk and leaves.
We have to wait till the tree bear fruit to declare a final verdict.
Some trees look good as a small plant, and it grows to a tree with beautiful green leaves.
Thick leaves and crowded branches make it grandeur to look at.
But none can say, for definite, that the tree will bear the good variant of fruit or the bad variant.
We have to wait till it bears fruit.
The tree bearing good fruit may be sustained, and the tree bearing wild fruit may be destroyed soon.

A sound judgment of a tree is always based on the fruit.
The final judgment to reckon with always come by the fruit.
A promising bud cannot assure good fruit.
No tree with bad fruits can be sustained because the bud, leaves and the branches look good.
The fruit is the matter, it is the difference.

The same principle may be applied to all spheres of life.
It is applicable to, culture, religion, social practices, traditional values, conventions, business, political systems, educational systems, life philosophy, science, celebrations and all and all.

If the fruit of a culture is bad, let us declare it ‘wild’ and eliminate it.
There are a lot of different cultures existing in this world now. – The western, the eastern, the middle east etc. to name some in a broader sense.
There were wonderful cultures that existed in BC and the early AD.
Judge them by the fruit.

What conclusion do you make after applying the principle of ‘judging the tree by its fruit’ to political systems, religion, culture, business firms etc.

I do not wish to pronounce a judgment.
I am free thinker and wish the same for all my readers.
So come to your own conclusions.

May conclude with a piece of advice without you asking for it?

If the tree has proven to bear wild and bitter fruits during the past years, why should we plant it our land? Why should we sustain it in our land?
If the tree has proven to bear good fruits, why should we wait to plant it in our blessed land? Let us spread the good news about it and make a call to sustain it.
If the fruit is good, let the tree sustain.
If the fruit is wild and bitter, let us eliminate it.

Prof. Jacob Abraham

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