Only when we forget our personal gains and losses can we have a kind of great happiness

For example, when Cong Fei was singing to help children go to school, even though he was suffering from illness, he was still happy, because his life was full of positivity and kindness. An act that can change the tragedy that has happened to another person will in itself bring him great joy and satisfaction. Lei Feng, Kong Fansen and many other people with great hearts are like this. Their happiness is not a small happiness, not a happiness that can be achieved by satisfying a certain desire, but a kind of great happiness without self. When giving, they have forgotten themselves, so the happiness they get will not be dispelled or offset by negative emotions such as disappointment, care or fear, and the happiness at this time is very pure. Therefore, when we forget about personal gains and losses, we may have a kind of great happiness. As I said in “The Wolf of Western Xia”: “There is great compassion but no affliction, and great happiness but no desire.” Only with desire can there be pain, and without desire, that kind of compassion itself is a kind of happiness.

Of course, there are two types of desires: one is a small desire, which is to get some kind of satisfaction on the material level, and only wants to satisfy oneself. Desire can make people feel very painful; the other is big desire, that is, you not only hope to obtain some kind of material satisfaction, but also desire to obtain spiritual satisfaction, not only hope to satisfy yourself, but also hope to share this kind of desire with others. Satisfaction, this great desire will always make people full of hope and yearning, so it will make people very happy.

For example, Bill Gates has a lot of money, but rather than satisfying his own little desires, he hopes that the money can benefit the society, so he is very happy to use all his wealth to establish charity Fund, giving back to the society, this is his big desire. Big desires will prompt a person to use all behaviors to realize the true value of life. The same is true of Chinese philanthropist Chen Guangbiao. No matter how some netizens comment on their good deeds, I think their actions are worthy of praise. Because, after all, they donated their own hard-earned money, maybe some poor children will be educated and change their destiny with their help, maybe some people who have no money for medical treatment can have the possibility of continuing to survive. Therefore, no matter what kind of purpose they have for doing good, their actions are more practical than being sincere in words and stingy in actions.

In this era, we no longer need our big words. What it needs is practical action, and what it needs is to give even a little help to those in need. Therefore, all the people and the media who have the right to speak in the mainstream should not point fingers at good deeds or ridicule them. Because, if a person will be speculated and attacked by public opinion once he does good deeds, who would dare to lend a helping hand to the society rashly? If more and more people dare not do what they should do because they are afraid of public opinion, isn’t it the society we live in that will be hurt? Everyone is saddened by the indifference of society, but how did this indifferent social status come into being? As a member of society, each of us should ask ourselves.

——Excerpt from “Wen Xin”

Author: Xue Mo


Published by Encyclopedia of China Publishing House