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4 elfin lessons learnt from Teresa Hsu Chih March 9, 2011

Posted by @Karen_Fu in change, ethics, faith, human quality, life challenges, Singapore.
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I’ve just introduced Hsu Chih to an overseas student and I got terrified by the reaction. Apparently, she thinks Hsu Chih has wasted 100 years in hard work and that may well be the result from bad karma from her previous life. I wonder how she thought but I had the intention of ‘brainwashing’ her to think more about sharing. Not that I expect this student to follow all the virtues of giving all to the poor; but I was hopping that she would come to her senses about being smart doesn’t have to mean you corner your opponent to the brink of total ruin. It is a worrying sign and I often wonder if this were the common trend these days. Maybe it is. But that’s another seperate topic to bear in mind.

I am also told I am pretty dogmatic in the way I believe in what maintains harmony. But I really adore Hsu Chih’s simple, happy and positive attitude. Her undying guts fearing nothng is rare. Her genes do play a part, but I also believe the nurturing part where her life experiences has taught her the essence of life. The positive lifestyle fuels her life & together with healthy living habits, her life is long though she lives in utter ‘poverty’. Apart from learning from her life experiences, I thought a couple of points could be highlighted from the so-called layman terminologies for peace:

1. Have a gutsy belief  that is even bigger than the Universe against whatever that is bad + live with passion & compassion

Learn not to fear, live your life in peace where everyone is a brother/sister. The essence of  emphathy and sharing is fundamental to maintaining global peace. If everyone were to listen and share, bring down walls by self reflection and sensitivity to how others feel; the UN can fall. The wall of terror could fall. And definitely all kinds of barriers would fall. We wouldn’t have war at all.

2. Shrink the imbalance between the have’s and have-not’s. Remember to share. Don’t over buy anything that you probably only use a few times.

The rich consume way too much beyond the realm of the poor. Many times with the lack of sensitivity for the poor.  In times of knee deep recession, when many are struggling to make ends meet, it is always wise to keep luxuries low.

The luxury of physical consumption, where people in certain parts of the world enjoy air-con habitats with designer brands goods; where world class chefs cook their meals, and chauffeurs send them to anywhere they desire –surely we do not need an extra computer, over hyped designer wear most of the time. Neither is the extra couple of alcohol at the PUBs would do any good to your health. The money spared could be given off easily to fit other deserving people who are having financial difficulties.

3. Charity by monetary/ploughing your way through. It should be ingrained without looking for side rewards from doing so.

Our idea of charity should extend to the point where we do not require any kind of orgainsation to tell us what to do. It should be ingrained within our social strata, where people see and feel, where people could just give and share what they can afford to offer. When the poor are filled and when the the sad is happy; is when peace could last. Ideally it shouldn’t be done because it offers a certain prestige or tax exemption.

4. Over power those CCTVs! : Redefine happiness. improving trust with all peoples. ( Ideally full trust with all.)

The definition of happiness and entertainment usually focuses on certain self values. In her version, there is not ‘self’, an almost impossible mission these days.

The number of security measures that we have put in place is actually an ineffective way of maintaining soical security. The best way is actually the most natural way that is the least expensive. Every time I see the numerous clusters of CCTVs around, and the numvber of security guards around; it first reminds me that the world is getting to be an awfully distrustful place where trust is binded by legal documents; where peace is maintained through the police force.


We could just change the way we think about life and success and about what consumerism and materialism is. Not that I urge we all live in the same plain bowl of rice/potatoes; but more rather finding a common ground for mutual understanding. We needn’t be that complex. The reason why we are so is because we choose to let negative feelings of selfishnes, jealousy and domination over others to get what we want. And often we practice double standards. No one likes double standards. And believe me, everyone has an eye to see the truth. When we are insincere, people know it. There is no such thing as hypocrisy pays ‘cos it simply isn’t. If people cannot find one flaw with your character now; they will find it out in due course. And the ending wouldn’t be pleasant.

What I really admire Hsu Chih is that she didn’t care about letting others know. If she did, it wouldn’t take a century for us to discover her. From other viewpoint, one could say that life has treated her badly. I think when you start to think how exploitative people live — often in a sad way in terms of family life and health conditions; then she harbours the blessings that most people lack.

Anyway, I was supposed to stick in a pic for this post. But it’s past 2am already, and I really should log off for now. — Karen Fu



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