World's Greatest Love

hestylim By hestylim, 20th Oct 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Nowadays, people tend to give for a motive. Businessmen give others to gain popularity, to pump up their businesses. Others may give because they want to show the society that they are good men that care, though they are actually not. However, there are still some that do charity sincerely.

The World's Greatest Man

The World's Greatest Man is the most suitable title for a guy like this grandpa. I don't know you have ever read about this grandpa before. But, what he did really touches me, and I do want to tell the world about this. His name is Bai Fang Li, a 95-year old man.

Nowadays, people tend to give for a motive. Businessmen give others to gain popularity, to pump up their businesses. Others may give because they want to show the society that they are good men that care, though they are actually not. However, there are still some that do charity sincerely. The question is, how many of us have the sincerity that this old man has?

He was a three-wheel cart rider. He took people from a place to another place by that three-wheel cart and people would pay him for that. Carts like that still exist in Asia, but I think there is nothing like that cart anymore in western countries.

He lived a very simple life because he also didn't earn much from what he was doing. He rode the cart from morning until the days got dark. He ate from the food that he found in the dustbin. He lived in an old hut. He wore torn clothes. He might be able to buy worth eating food and worth wearing clothes from his earning. However, he didn’t want to do it. He chose to give all the money that he had to an orphanage. There were around 300 orphans lived in that orphanage.

He started to donate to the orphanage since he was 75 years old. It was in 1986. He was touched by a scene that he saw when he rode his three-wheel cart in a market one day. He saw a boy, who was around 6 years old, asking whether there were people who might need his help to lift the goods that they had bought. People who got helped by this boy would pay him for his help. Not long after that, he saw this boy looking for food in the dustbin. He thought to himself, why did this boy help others, gain quite some money but still dig the dustbin for food? At least, he could buy a piece of bread. He wondered, then he approached the boy, and asked him why he did the things he did. The boy said he didn’t want to sweat his earnings for buying some food for himself; he would use that money to buy food for his 3-year old and 4-year old brothers at his small hut. The old man then brought the little boy back to his little hut. He was touched to see the scene that 3 very little boy should dig in the rubbish to live, without any parents. After what he saw, this old man decided to bring those three children to an orphanage. When he arrived, he saw so many children living in there. He was once again, touched. He felt pity for them.

Since then, Bai Fang Li, did what that little boy ever did, he didn’t buy food and clothes, he ate from what he found in the dustbin. He gave all the money he got to the orphanage. He never expected anything from what he had done. He didn’t know which children that he had helped and raised from the money he had given. All the things he knew is to give all the money he got to that orphanage. That’s it.

Finally at the age of 91, he came to the orphanage, in a very weak condition. He gave his last donation to the head of the orphanage; it was 500 Yuan which was as much as 70 USD and told him that he couldn’t ride three-wheel cart anymore. He was too old and too weak for that already. The total that he had given in his lifetime was 350.000 Yuan which equals with 48,000 USD.

In 2005, this generous old man died because of lungs cancer that he suffered. Why I title this column as “World's Greatest Love”? Because of the sincerity of this old man, he was not from a wealthy family, or from a standard economy family, but he could give all he got to help those children whom he never knows who.

Some of us probably just do charity when we think we have more. But this old man gave though he had much less than what we have. His generosity must be a big kick for us who are still too selfish, too self centered. If he could do it, why couldn't we?

Honestly, I feel ashame because of him. He was very old already, and capable of doing that kind of thing, he was able to put away all his selfishness, and did everything for all those children he never knew before. I felt ashame because I think that I get more than what he got, but he had bigger heart than mine. He was quite old already when he started doing that, why I don’t start to share what I got since I am lot more younger than he was at the first time he did it?

Now that he was gone, I wonder if there is someone like him in the world nowadays, in the world full of selfishness and self centered individuals.
My fellow friends, after reading this, I suggest you to ask yourself, not,"How much have I given to my surroundings? How much have I helped those who in need?" but instead ask yourself,"How much that I haven't given to my surroundings? How much that I haven't shared yet?"

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Charity, Man, Old, Orphanage, Orphans, Sincerity

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- Diaries of Catherine and Carl ~ First Journal
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author avatar LOVERME
21st Oct 2010 (#)

good

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author avatar hestylim
22nd Oct 2010 (#)

Thx... ^^

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author avatar Rith
13th Jan 2011 (#)

This story make us realize that we are very small in the eyes of God. This story makes me cry and be more caring for others.

Thanks.

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author avatar hestylim
13th Mar 2011 (#)

@Rith : Thx.. ^.^ I am touched with this story as well, when I first read it..

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author avatar Bern
18th Jul 2012 (#)

I can't believe there still another person can do it after mother Theresa died.... for me he is a saint...

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author avatar hestylim
28th Jul 2012 (#)

@Bern: yeap.. I agree with you, he is a saint!

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