Understanding of Life: Honesty Touches the Whole World

February 16, 2010 at 1:05 am | Posted in Asia, Children's Stories, Culture, Life Lessons, Moments from History, Reflections | Leave a comment
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Author: Guanming

[PureInsight.org] From ancient to modern times, no matter whether in the West or the East, honesty is considered a traditional virtue. Along their life journeys, people might lose some material profit when they behave in a honest and trustworthy manner. But from a long-term point of view, establishing one’s honest and trustworthy reputation is something that can’t be measured with money.  Having credibility is one of the keys for a person to be successful in his/her life. Thus, the right attitude towards life is to stay far away from cheating, lying, and superficiality. The basic principle to be a human being is not to cheat and not to hide things from others.

One Friday evening, a poor young musician was standing next to the subway entrance as usual and playing his violin without thinking about anything else. The music was beautiful and touching. Although people were hurrying home for the weekend, many people still couldn’t help slowing down their pace as they were passing by. Once in a while, someone would put some money into the hat that the young musician had placed on the ground..

The next evening, the young musician showed up in front of the subway entrance as usual. He took off his hat and put it on the ground. What was different from before was that he took out a large piece of paper from his bag and then carefully laid it out on the ground as well. He weighed the paper down with some small stones that had he brought with him. After he finished laying everything out, he tuned his violin and started to play. The music sounded more touching and melodious than before.

In a short period of time, a crowd gathered around the young violinist. People were attracted by the words on that large piece of paper on the ground. Some were even standing on their tiptoes to look. It said on the paper, “Yesterday evening a gentleman named George Sung mistakenly put an important item into my hat. Please quickly come and claim your missing item.”

People all wanted to know what the item in question was. Some people even waited around to find out the outcome. After half an hour, a middle-aged man rushed in front of the violinist. He grabbed and the musician’s shoulder and asked incoherently, “Wow, it is truly you! You really have come back. I knew that you are an honest person and you definitely would come back.” The young violinist calmly asked him, “Are you Mr. George Sung?” That person nodded his head quickly. The violinist asked again, “Did you lose something?” The gentleman answered, “My winning lottery ticket, winning lottery ticket.” The violinist took a ticket out of his chest pocket. The name “Geroge Sung” was written on the ticket. The violinist held the ticket in his hand and raised it high and asked,  “Is this it?” George Sung rapidly nodded his head and snatched the ticket and kissed it. Then he hugged the violinist, held him up, and twirled him around twice on the ground.

The story was like this. George Sung was an employee in a company. Several days ago he bought a bank’s lottery ticket. Yesterday at noon time the bank announced the winter. His ticket had won half a million dollar! After work, his mood was extremely good and felt that the music was especially wonderful. So he took out $50 from his wallet and put the money into the hat. But he carelessly threw in the prize ticket together with the money. The young violinist was a student in an arts college. He had planned to go to Vienna for further education. His flight was supposed to leave this morning. But when he was organizing his luggage last night, he found this winning ticket worth $500K. Thinking that the person who lost it would come back and search for it, he cancelled this morning’s flight ticket and came here on time to wait for the owner of the lost item.

Later on someone asked the young violinist: “You need money for your tuition. In order to earn money for that, you have to come to the subway everyday to play violin. Why didn’t you keep the $500K winning ticket to yourself?” The young violinist said: “Even though I don’t have much money, I live happily. If I lose my honesty and credibility, I won’t be happy even for one day anymore.”

That is true. If honesty and creditability disappear in human world, how can people be happy? The society in Mainland China has been decaying rapidly. Many immoral and abnormal social phenomena have emerged in Mainland China. They are all because the evil Chinese Communist Party has destroyed the mutual trust that people used to have toward each other. Only when you stand on the pure land filled with honesty, can you experience the true sentiments of the human world. With creditability and mutual trust, people will be able to enjoy each other in their interactions.

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