Black or White

by Stephen on May 14, 2014 · 36 comments

in Inspirational Stories

When I was in elementary school, I got into a major argument with a boy in my class. I have forgotten what the argument was about, but I have never forgotten the lesson I learned that day.

I was convinced that “I” was right and “he” was wrong – and he was just as convinced that “I” was wrong and “he” was right. The teacher decided to teach us a very important lesson.

She brought us up to the front of the class and placed him on one side of her desk and me on the other. In the middle of her desk was a large, round object. I could clearly see that it was black. She asked the boy what color the object was. “White,” he answered.

I couldn’t believe he said the object was white, when it was obviously black! Another argument started between my classmate and me, this time about the color of the object.

The teacher told me to go stand where the boy was standing and told him to come stand where I had been. We changed places, and now she asked me what the color of the object was. I had to answer, “White.”

It was an object with two differently colored sides, and from his viewpoint it was white. Only from my side it was black.

Sometimes we need to look at the problem from the other person’s view in order to truly understand his/her perspective.

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Harishkumar May 14, 2014 at 11:06 am

It’s a really nice message! True true true

2 Alex May 14, 2014 at 11:14 am

So inspiring, will definately use it in class

3 Mosope May 14, 2014 at 11:24 am

Indeed life is always looked at both sides

4 J Tate May 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Love your stories! Keep them coming!
Thank you

5 Kwena May 14, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Inspiring and true!!

6 ABhatia May 14, 2014 at 11:38 pm

Without understanding other’s view point, our decisions and judgement shall be mostly wrong.

7 Priya May 15, 2014 at 2:12 am

Awesome… story. The way we look solutions for problems differs from us and others.

8 Camilia May 15, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Great moral , don’t judge people before you understand them …

9 Shelja Sharma May 16, 2014 at 12:08 am

So very True. .

10 Dharani May 17, 2014 at 3:17 am

Nice story Tina and Stephen doing a nice job dear……….

11 Kumar rasal May 20, 2014 at 4:20 am

Nice stories.

12 Smitha May 27, 2014 at 3:02 am

Simple story with a thought provoking concept

13 Atulya June 6, 2014 at 2:06 am

If this lesson is applied then on we may not have any confusions

14 Bhawna bhardwaj June 10, 2014 at 6:30 am

Your stories inspire me so much. But lately I do not receive them. You inspire million people. Please keep up the good work.

15 Himanish June 18, 2014 at 1:05 pm


16 Mahesh July 2, 2014 at 11:13 am

Nice Stories….

17 Kwanat13061 July 26, 2014 at 5:40 am

Such a nice story.

18 Kwanat13061 July 26, 2014 at 5:41 am


19 Priya S July 28, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Superb moral!! Great illusion!!

20 S.yakaiah August 21, 2014 at 5:29 am

Nice message

21 Malini August 23, 2014 at 11:10 am

Good one. It’s like a ion has 2 sides

22 Sawarmal Agarwal August 26, 2014 at 7:17 am

It is really awesome

23 Fristan September 17, 2014 at 3:56 am

Nice thinking story. God bless

24 Manikanta September 19, 2014 at 1:53 am

Some times we happen to do like that…

25 Honey October 26, 2014 at 9:43 am

Very nice

26 Abhi January 3, 2015 at 7:29 am

By reading this I today I learned something

27 pushpa January 19, 2015 at 12:26 pm

It is very meaningfull and nice messege

28 Joannie Lee February 2, 2015 at 2:06 am

So greatly nice story… i learn and understand will
i realize that everything has a reason and we must not judge coz we are not the creator only God himself

29 Fassadena April 20, 2015 at 9:30 am

Nice post.. so inspiring..

30 Dr.bbalnarayana May 7, 2015 at 12:28 pm

Very good story, admiration to teacher
Whose wisdom is wise and stay at all times
The story is of knowledge based
Pleases, one proving the fact no one
Is wrong or other is correct, to conclude
The concept better to change the view
And focus thy sight from other side also

31 Haruna Wakili May 10, 2015 at 4:52 am

A nice story here.

32 Robinson December 18, 2015 at 7:46 am

Lovely and superb …..we need to look and understand one another….before we judge…!!

33 Kwizeera ezekiel May 9, 2016 at 1:28 am

Very nice story…thanks

34 Smile September 27, 2016 at 1:57 am

It’s really awesome. When we don’t understand the position of other person then argument starts and result would be horrible. Nice lesson for those who want to save relationships 🙂

35 Joyce Radnor May 17, 2017 at 1:26 pm

I find the same thing happens when I get into an argument with my husband. When we really dig down, we find that we are actually talking about the same thing, but from different points of view. Thanks for the story. Much appreciated.

36 Rajasekhar August 26, 2017 at 1:53 pm

Many of people’s look only one angle in every one I hope after seeing this story they will realise fantastic story

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