A school bus that carried both black and white students had been plagued with fighting. Determined to improve the situation, the bus driver devised a plan. One day, when they were on the road, he stopped the bus and said to one of the boys, “What colour are you?” The boy replied, “White.” Said the driver, “No, you are green. Anyone who rides in my bus is green. Now what color are you?” “Green,” answered the boy.

After having all the white students identify themselves as green, the driver asked one of  the black kids “What colour are you?” and she said, “Black.” “No,” said the driver, “you are green. Anyone who rides in my bus is green.” So, all the black kids on the bus said that they were green.

A few miles down the road, the driver heard a small voice from the back of the bus, “All right everybody; light green on this side; dark green on the other.”


Here’s a slightly different version

A couch of a southern team with a lot of racial problems said, “Look, there;’s no more black guys and no more white guys on this team. From now on everybody is one colour – green.”

They got out on the playing flied and he gave orders, “All right, all the light green guys on this side, and all the dark green ones on that side.”

Source : Unknown.
Both versions are retold as remembered .


“A great many people think that they are thinking when in reality, they are only rearranging their prejudices.”  | William James, the nineteenth century American philosopher and psychologist, once remarked,


There was a millionaire once who was bothered by two aches, one in his stomach and the other in his head! He was diagnosed and treated by a galaxy of medical experts. He consumed heavy loads of drugs, and underwent centuries of injections. But the aches persisted with greater vigour than ever before!

At last, a monk arrived at the scene of his agony. He spoke very kindly to him, and pronounced the fault to be in his eye! Set right the eye, and the head on top and the stomach below would both behave very sweetly! To improve the eye, concentrate on only one colour. Concentrate on green, he suggested. Do not let your eyes fall on red or yellow, or any other colour.

The rich man got together a group of painters and purchased barrels of green colour and directed that every object on which his eye was likely to fall be painted thick green.

When the monk came to visit him after few days, the wealthy man’s servants ran with buckets of green paint and poured it on him since he was in red dress, lest their master see any other colour and the pain in his eye would come back.

Hearing this, the monk laughed and said “If only you had purchased a pair of green glasses, worth just a few dollars, you could have saved these walls and trees and pots and pans, and chairs and sofas and also a pretty large share of your fortune! You cannot paint the world green.”

Source: Loosely based on a story found in
Sathya Sai Baba (Author), N. Kasturi (Editor)
Chinna Katha (Sai Bhavan; Revised edition,1978)


How often do we try to change other people, and get frustrated when they refuse to change? But how often do we take a look at ourselves? If we would just change our own outlook, change our own way of thinking, change our own actions, our change might motivate others to change as well. Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

Let us change our vision and the world will appear accordingly. It is foolish to shape the world, let us shape ourselves first.

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