திங்கள், 16 மே, 2016


            We sometime handle a knife carelessly , cut our fingers , allow the cut to go septic and, when the pain is unbearable , consult a doctor . The doctor prescribes a prolonged and costly treatment . Wouldn’t it have been better for us to have taken due  precaution while using the knife ? In fact , we can always protect ourselves against common ailment and diseases by restoring to proper precautionary , preventive measures .

Very often , we are careless and do things thoughtlessly . We ignore signs that indicate the possibility of trouble . Finally when the trouble occurs , we regret our neglect , but by then it is too late . The proverb  ‘ Prevention is better than cure ‘ advises us to take necessary steps to stop something unpleasant from happening .

This proverb has universal application . Proper maintenance of machines , buildings , roads or bridges can prevent their deterioration and thus forestall disaster . Health authorities should take prompt and effective steps during times of natural calamities in order to prevent the outbreak of epidemics . At the national level too , many problems that we are facing today would not have existed had the government acted firmly , promptly and boldly at the very start .

The proverb stresses the need for foresight and precaution in dealing with every situation in our lives . If we develop such an attitude , it would certainly be much better than facing misery and searching for expensive remedies later on .