But­ton the­ory of life

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping vis­ited Pek­ing Univer­sity on Youth Day and urged stu­dents to fol­low the core so­cial­ist val­ues to help cre­ate a bet­ter so­cial at­mos­phere. Dur­ing his talks with the stu­dents, Xi com­pared the process of es­tab­lish­ing up­right val­ues with fas­ten­ing one’s but­tons, say­ing: “If th­pri­ma­rye first but­ton is not fas­tened cor­rectly, the rest will never find their right­ful place.”

The “but­ton the­ory of life” is quite in­no­va­tive and in­spir­ing. If an of­fi­cial has, from the very be­gin­ning, de­cided to use his/her ca­reer to amass wealth, he/she is bound to com­mit a mis­take that will even­tu­ally and in­evitably lead him/her astray into the pits of cor­rup­tion, which could land him/her in jail.

Things are al­ways the most dif­fi­cult at the be­gin­ning; it is not that easy to take the first step cor­rectly in the pur­suit of life’s val­ues. Only if one makes the right choice, of “fas­ten­ing” the first but­ton cor­rectly, can one be en­sured of an up­right and happy jour­ney in life.

Life of­fers ev­ery­one choices, and only by choos­ing the right path can one make life a won­der­ful jour­ney. There­fore, the very first “but­ton” of life must be fas­tened cor­rectly and wisely to pre­vent one from fall­ing vic­tim to dis­hon­est prac­tices.

By us­ing the “but­ton the­ory” to say that a per­son should not be­come a govern­ment of­fi­cial if he/she wants to amass wealth, Xi tried to in­spire the youths to make the right choice in life, depend­ing on their in­di­vid­u­al­ity, in­ter­ests and val­ues. He also re­minded civil ser­vants that their obli­ga­tion is to serve the people rather than tak­ing ad­van­tage of their posts to make money on the sly, and warned them that sooner or later cor­rupt of­fi­cials will end up in prison.

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