A Man’s Success
The rich & famous are not necessarily great men. Some may be born
great or have greatness thrust upon them, but true greatness is through
personal achievement. Attaining wealth is not life’s only goal. it is however welcome as a by-product.
Capitalism may well lead to the moral degradation of the society.
The Mainland Chinese, as advocated by Deng Xiaoping, are driven
towards wealth & capitalism. Singaporeans are less in the same hot pursuit.
A man’s success in life is not only measured in the accumulation of wealth. If wealth is the basis, you can’t even compare Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, or Mahatma Gandhi with Mao Zedong. All of them are or were great and successful in life, but for very different reasons.
There are other intrinsic values to be considered, beyond the materialistic realm that the capitalistic world craved. These far outreaching values encompass many areas:
1. a man’s strength of character substantiated by
basic human goodness
2. faith & courage
3. philosophy & humulity
4. vision & creativeness
5. persistence & tenancity
A man is thus judged by a composite set of values. Basically, for the great majority, one can succeed beyond all measures when he fulfills his role and responsibilities as a son, husband, father, grandfather and hopefully great- grandfather. You don’t have to be rich to feel fulfilled and happy. After all riches will not follow you to eternity, but a rich legacy ensures posterity in perpetuity.
A Chinese by Descent
An Australian by Consent