Once upon a time, there was a young boy named James. He was an eight-year-old from a small town in the Midwest who wanted to make a difference in the world. He was bright, curious, and full of energy, but like most children his age, he was also easily influenced by his peers.
One day, James was walking home from school with his friends when he saw a group of older boys bullying another student. Instinctively, James stepped in to defend the victim. To his surprise, the older boys backed off and the victim was able to continue on their way.
Impressed with his bravery, James’ friends began to treat him differently. They started inviting him to different places and pressuring him to make the same choices they did. This newfound popularity only reinforced James’ behavior, and soon he found himself surrounded by people who encouraged him to do the wrong thing.
One day, the group was walking down a nearby alley when they came across a fight between two shopkeepers. Without thinking, James jumped in to break it up. To his surprise, the shopkeepers were both grateful for his help and offered him money as a reward.
Hesitant at first, James accepted the money and used it to buy himself and his friends lunch. However, once the money was gone he realized that he had done something wrong. He had taken advantage of the shopkeeper’s situation and had been corrupted by his peers.
In that moment, James realized the power of tergiversation—the act of changing one’s opinion or stance on a particular issue. He realized that his actions were motivated by the influence of his peers, and decided to take back control of his life.
James decided to make amends for his mistake. He contacted the shopkeeper and apologized for his actions, and he returned the money he had accepted as a reward for breaking up the fight. He also made a commitment to himself to never be influenced by the opinions of others and to always stay true to his own ethical compass.
James’ story is a reminder to all of us that tergiversation is a powerful force. It is easy to be influenced by the opinions and choices of others, but it is much harder to make our own decisions. We must stay true to ourselves, and never let anyone else dictate our beliefs and decisions.
Moral of story: Stay true to yourself and never let anyone else dictate your beliefs or decisions.