The bad apple

“A bruised apple is not all bad. It still has tremendous potential.”

Seth Adam Smith, Rip Van Winkle and the Pumpkin Lantern

“Get rid of the bad apple”, I heard the booze-reeking man over the music buzzing in my ears.

 

“The construction will be done much faster, just keep six perfect guys.” He directed his “O” shaped thumb and index finger to an older man sitting across from him.

 

“My mother spanked me, and I love her for it”, he resumed supporting his argument, “ What is with this whiny, politically correct generation? Stop whining and suck up the criticism.”

 

The receiver of his speech was wearing wrinkles of faded days. He lent his ear, but not his words. He didn’t spare a nod to the scholarly utterances of the boastful speech. His gaze, filled with skeptical contemplation, was the sole response to the voiced deliberations.

 

“How old are you”, he demanded from the speaker.

 

“I am 36 years old”, the speech-provider announced proudly.

 

The questioner hid a subtle smirk behind his pursed lips.

I wondered, should we get rid of the bad apple(s)? If all the “bad apples” disappeared today, how many perfectly ripe rounds of flesh would remain?

 

To me, there are no flawless apples, all the bruised and even worm-struck apples deserve the benefit of the doubt or, at the very least, a helping hand.

 

What do you think?

 

13 Responses

  1. I agree that there are technically no “good apples” at least not in the traditional sense. I think all apples are bad for their own reason. Good apples are just bad apples that haven’t had their cover blown… 🙂

  2. That’s an interesting question (wonderfully written btw)… you’re right, that if we had to pick them out, we’ll find that we’re all bad apples. Some bad apples have gone too far beyond the imaginable and acceptable for society to continue consuming the apples to the point it will poison you and send you to the Sleeping Death. The potential danger is such that it needs to be taken off the market completely. But the other bad apples, so as long as they do not pose extreme danger, are fine and just need a little nourishment.
    I hope the metaphor was okay!

    1. It makes sense to me. You did put it clearly with the metaphor. I think oftentimes people judge too harshly, even when it comes to themselves.

  3. An apple needn’t be flawless to be good. I think most apples are good apples, although there are some bad apples around. And you know what they say about bad apples, right? One bad apple spoils the bunch…especially if that bad apple is in the White House.

  4. Really well written and very thought provoking. More apples should be given their opportunity to shine rather than tossed out before their time comes and bad impressions rarely ever speak the truth. It’s the whole book and cover thing. Loved this. Thanks for another great read!

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