World-renowned and talented actor, Alec Guinness earned huge sums of money whenever he signed on a role after he became famous. But once, an American industrialist offered him an unimaginable sum of money.
When the industrialist met Alec, he said, “I want to give you an offer. If you accept that offer, then you will earn more money than you would have earned out of half a dozen movies.”
“What is your offer?” Alec asked.
“When you hear about how much money we are paying you, you will automatically accept the offer,” the industrialist said.
“Ok, tell me the amount.”
“Two million dollars”, the industrialist said and smiled.
Alec was shocked. Two million dollars was a huge amount in those times. “Now tell me that for what role are you offering me such huge amount of money?” Alec asked.
“Our company produces alcohol. You have to act in the ad of our company that will be aired on the television where you are drinking our company’s alcohol and gaining a lot of pleasure from it. Only for doing this much, you will get two million dollars.” The industrialist said.
The industrialist thought that after hearing the offer, Alec would jump with joy and agree to it. But instead, Alec said, “Sorry. I deny this offer.”
“What! Imagine how much you are going to earn!” said a shocked industrialist.
“Innumerable people have been destroyed due to alcohol addiction. I will not be the reason for the addiction of scores of other people. Even if you pay me twenty million dollars, I will not do this ad.”
If someone else is going to be harmed by an act that will bring you profit, you must refrain from doing it, like Alec Guinness.
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