Once upon a time a young man, Passy, whose parents were too poor to send him to school, went and learned a trade. He lived with his master, Mr. Obase while he was an apprentice. Thus, he also served as a house help doing all the domestic chores without complaining because he had no choice.
After five years of apprenticeship, he graduated. It did not take long before he started his own business.
Working hard and with good fortune smiling at him, he became rich; richer than his master.
Mr. Obase became jealous and prayed for the downfall of his former apprentice. It did not come. Instead he became even more prosperous.
Mr. Obase secretly cursed his former apprentice and wished for a chance to teach him an unforgettable lesson.
Passy could not, for one moment, imagine what was passing through the mind of the one who had taught him his trade. With much money now, he conceived an idea and called Mr. Obase to discuss with him. He said he wanted to build a good house at home; and living in a distant city would appreciate if Mr. Obase could supervise the project to make sure good work was done.
Seeing it as an opportunity to teach his former apprentice a lesson, Mr. Obase agreed.
Jealousy was eating him inside. It was a bitter pill to swallow that his own apprentice had become rich white he was poor.
Passy sent him a lot of money every week to build the house. It was a storey- building and He told Mr. Obase to make it stand out solid and beautiful as the best edifice in the village.
Mr. Obase laughed at this internally. He did not see how someone who had been an apprentice and servant to him could own a storey-building in the village while he himself lived in a ramshackle building. Hence, instead of using high quality material, he used cheap material.
With such material, the building was poorly constructed.
When it was completed, he informed Passy who came home and organized an inauguration ceremony.
Many friends were invited and there was much wining and dining. Passy bought a lot of wine and beer and much food was cooked.
When the feasting got into full gear, Passy stood up and addressed the people. After thanking them for all the good things each one of them had contributed to make him what he was, he lavished praises on his former master for being such a good man.
He said he could not pay him back for being the architect of his success.
He handed the keys of the house to him and said it was a gift of appreciation to him.
Everybody was overwhelmed. In his heart, Mr. Obase regretted having built the house poorly. He realized that had he done an excellent job, he would have had an excellent house instead of what was standing there.
He lived in the house only for two years and it collapsed.
Jealousy is a very destructive feeling. It often pushes people to do evil. What many people fail to realize is that when you do good, you do it to yourself. When you do evil, you do it to yourself.
It is also important to know that when we bring up children we should expect them to grow bigger than us. The student has to work hard to become greater than their teacher. The child must become greater than their parents. And that should be the pride of the parents and teachers.
Do not allow jealousy to grip you. It can destroy you.