‘A stitch in time saves nine’ is a well known proverb and is frequently used in day-to-day conversation. It implies that evil should be nipped in the bud in order to save future trouble immediately otherwise the torn portions would increase in size and would require many more stitches.
Similarly in every walk of life things must be set right in the initial stages in order to evade much future trouble and expenditure.
Things if left uncared and uncorrected might become unmanageable and incurable.
The truth of this proverb can be made clear by citing a few examples. It is in early in life that many bad habits are easily acquired and if the evils are not checked they grow and give rise to other evils.
If a growing child tells lies he should be at once taken to task so that the habit des not take roots, and he learns to tell the truth. If the child does not relish the food cooked at home or if he refuses to take some particular dish, this bad habit should be discouraged in the very beginning. Fond, indulgent parents generally over-look such evils , they forget that in this way they are spoiling their darling child that one evil leads to another and it would all recoil in themselves.
The point is well illustrated by a well known story of the boy who acquired the evil habit of stealing and his indulgent and loving mother did not punish him for it.
He was encouraged by her attitude and petty thefts soon led on to much greater thefts. Ultimately the outcome was unlawful acts and murder and was sentenced to be hanged till death.
His last wish was few words with his mother. When his mother came he pretended as if he wanted to whisper something in her ears. But when she came nearer, he cut off her ears and told her that she was responsible for his disgraceful death. If she had punished her in the childhood for stealing, he would never have become a dacoit and a murderer.
Many social evils flourish in Indian society today and have become impossible to be erased because this wise proverb has not been considered and evil was not nipped in the very beginning. Corruption, black-marketing, nepotism, smuggling, hoarding, etc. are rampant today for this very reason.
On the other hand terrorism was out down with an iron hand in the very beginning and so is in its dying stages. The wisdom of the proverb is wisely illustrated by the facts of the Indian society.