In South Africa, naturist club owner Beau Brummell was irked by accusations from morals watchdogs that a shriveling Transvaal
drought was brought on the the "sin" of nude togetherness at his 1000-acre
farm. So he asked his 370 visitors to get dressed. And, for the first time in two months,
it poured rain. "It's enough to make me become a monk!" Brummell said.
Norton in Rand Daily Mail, Johannesburg.
It is not the severity of punishment that acts as a deterrent. It is its inevitability.
Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful.
Once there was a man who was such a golf addict that he was neglecting his job. Frequently he would call in sick as an
excuse to play.
One morning, after making his usual call to the office, an angel up above spotted him on the way to the golf course and decided to teach him a lesson.
"If you play golf today, you will be punished," the angel whispered in his ear.
Thinking it was only his conscience, which he had successfully whipped in the past, the fellow just smiled. "No," he said,
"I've been doing this for years. No one will ever know. I won't be punished."
The angel said no more and the fellow stepped up to the first tee where he promptly
whacked the ball 300 yards straight down the middle of the fairway. Since he had never
driven the ball more than 200 yards, he couldn't believe it. Yet, there it was. And his luck continued. Long drives on every hole, perfect
putting. By the ninth hole he was six under par and was playing near-perfect golf. The fellow was walking on air.
He wound up with an amazing 61, about 30 strokes under his usual game. Wait until he
got back to the office and told them about this! But, suddenly, his face fell. He couldn't
tell them. He could never tell anyone. The angel smiled.
Pieces, August 22,