A model of so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

A more than 70- year- old res­i­dent of Xinzheng in Henan province has spent 17 years to grad­u­ally re­pay his fi­nan­cial debt. Although many would con­sider him a loser in busi­ness, the fact that he man­aged to ful­fill his re­spon­si­bil­ity speaks vol­umes of his de­ter­mi­na­tion and com­mit­ment, which car­ries a more mean­ing­ful mes­sage than the sto­ries of many suc­cess­ful busi­ness­peo­ple who use un­fair means to earn prof­its and build their rep­u­ta­tion on de­ceit, says an ar­ti­cle on peo­ple. com. cn. Ex­cerpts:

The se­nior cit­i­zen was “neck deep in debt” be­cause he was cheated by peo­ple he trusted in his busi­ness.

He opened a flour mill in Xinzheng in 1996, and be­cause of the un­scrupu­lous means used by the peo­ple he trusted, he ended up ow­ing money to al­most all the vil­lagers who had sold him their pro­duce. And although his debt to­taled about 500,000 yuan ($81,193), he didn’t shy away from re­pay­ing it.

On one hand, the elderly man can be seen as a loser in busi­ness be­cause he trusted the wrong peo­ple, who in­ci­den­tally were his ac­quain­tances, and thus took a vi­tally wrong de­ci­sion, to cor­rect which he had to work for 17 years and forego the joy of en­joy­ing his old age in rel­a­tive com­fort.

On the other hand, he has to be seen as an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of a man who keeps his prom­ise even in ad­ver­sity.

Though he suf­fered the bit­ter con­se­quences of trust­ing oth­ers, he re­fused to com­pro­mise on his prin­ci­ple of be­ing true to his word and re­pay­ing the money he owed to the vil­lagers be­cause they had trusted him.

Seen in this light, his life is one of glory, not mis­ery. In fact, he has set an ex­am­ple for other busi­ness­peo­ple to fol­low.

The mes­sage that his ac­tion gives is: Peo­ple who do not re­pay their debts and ful­fill their re­spon­si­bil­ity are the real vil­lains that plague our so­ci­ety and un­leash a trail of de­ceit and sub­terfuge that have been erod­ing the roots of hon­esty and faith.

In these mod­ern times, a person’s worth is eval­u­ated on the strength of his/her wealth.

But the real worth of a hu­man be­ing is his/her de­ter­mi­na­tion and com­mit­ment to honor his prom­ise and ful­fill his/her re­spon­si­bil­ity.

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