Tales of the Great Men
The Unreasonable — George Bernard Shaw Is at a Party
A rich woman invited George Bernard Shaw (July 26, 1856 — November 2, 1950), a much-decorated Irish playwright, author and political activist for a dinner party.
Despite Shaw’s busy schedule, he couldn’t deny her request and agreed.
On the day of the party, he was quite occupied all day. However, he reached the woman’s party hastily after his work.
It delighted the woman to see Shaw joining her and cheered his presence.
But soon, she turned gloomy. The reason was that Shaw was in very casual wear for the grand party hosted by her. The clothes worn by Shaw was too plain and didn’t fit the dress code.
George Bernard Shaw was absorbed all day by his hectic work schedule and didn’t have time even to change his clothes prior to joining the party.
The woman, however, could not keep it and advised Shaw to go home and return with some ostentatious clothing instead of the pernicious ones he wore. She made it in a frank and polite way, that Shaw was convinced and agreed. He even informed her of his rushy working hours.
Shaw went home and returned after a while in extravagant fancy wear. He was soon in the spotlight and was applauded for his charm. The woman was happy and thankfully complimented Shaw for his promptness and decency.
The party had already started. The invitees were devouring the gusty meal with loud talks and cheers. Shaw joined them. But he was in with a different intention tonight.
Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.
— George Bernard Shaw
Shaw gathered all the food items and arranged them in an array. Then, he started rubbing them one after another in his expensive clothes.
He said to the food — “Eat my dear clothes. Gently eat it. Because today’s invitation was not for me, but for you. So eat plentiful without hesitation”. Calling and nurturing his clothes, he splashed and rubbed all the food items — curry, pickles, meat, ice-cream, yogurt, and everything onto his dress.
Within a minute, his clothes were disgusting and uglier than the former ones. But the artist was not in a mood to stop. He grabbed more of the dishes and made him as dirtier as he could.
Frozen and watching; his actions bewildered people in the party. They started questioning him — “Why are you doing this?” Shaw repeatedly answered them the same words — “Today in this party, not me, but my clothes were invited. They are the true guests here, not me. So I am partying and feeding my expensive clothes.”
No one in the party uttered a single word after listening to Shaw’s. The face of the woman turned blue. She already had learned her lesson and realized that she had done a huge mistake. She stood at a distance remorsefully watching everything.
That was the day she learned that a person should not be judged by his appearance, but by his ability. She never judged and disrespected people by their clothes again.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
― George Bernard Shaw