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  • For an entrance test for a course in Advertising and Marketing students were asked to comment on certain proverbs and sayings. This was one of them.

    I cursed the fact that I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet. - Ancient Persian Proverb.
    And this is what one student wrote:

    The above proverb truly is inspirational however I also believe that though losing your legs is a terrible thing to happen and I wouldn't wish it on anyone, it does eliminate the gentlemans need for shoes. It also greatly reduces his expenditure on a product that we all know to be a fairly expensive one in todays world what with the numerous brands on offer at exhorbitant rates.
    I as an individual in this ever competitive world have to tend to the needs of my family and I first. And although the man's situation is terribly unfortunate, I have to take care of my own first and if having a pair of shoes helps me do that then thats what I need!
    I was flabbergasted and amused at the same time. Didn't the student understand the proverb? Maybe it was the time crunch, having to answer so many questions in just an hour and a half.
    This particular question was for 15 marks. How much would you give for that?
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