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We can all learn to be good people

January 27, 2010

By Mak Lai-man, SKH Lam Woo Memorial Secondary School

When I was young, I believed humans were born to be good. I’m not sure why. Probably it was the influence of the Chinese classics.

But, as I got older I started to have my doubts. In the Bible, for example, Adam and Eve were enticed by the serpent and ate the forbidden fruit, bringing sin into their lives. In our daily lives, we can see many examples of petty behaviour and emotions. Take jealousy, for example. Children can even feel jealous when a new baby arrives in the family, when they should feel joy and love.

But, even though I doubt we are naturally good by nature, I still think we can learn to be good.

In the television drama Beyond the Realm of Conscience, the character Lau Sam-Ho, played by Charmaine Sheh, is a kind and good person. She always remembers how her mother told her: “Speak good words, do good deeds, show goodwill.”

I think she is a good model for all of us. I believe we can all learn to be kind like Sam-Ho.

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  1. nono permalink
    February 25, 2010 10:58 am

    As far as i am concerned ,i don’t approve of the Chinese saying which believes all human being were born to be good or naturally good by nature.
    just like you, i have a lot of example that is at variance of this saying.For instance , being a baby, we will be enticed by some snacks and commit some improper action.when we grew up ,
    in the business society , it is obvious that many people can’t resist the enticement and at length commit a variety of crime , such as counterfeit , forgery and fraud. these example is capable to prove that human being is not naturally good by nature.

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