A lesson from greedy Chan

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 23 February, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 23 February, 2010, 12:00am

Fung shui master Tony Chan Chun-chuen is ridiculous. He received a lot of money when Nina Wang Kung Yu-sum died. But that was not enough for him. Now it looks as if was behaving illegally and his greed drew attention to that.

Did he really need all that money? We should really take stock of what we have: if we have food and clothing, we should be content with it. It's a question of happiness and what we think of as being happy.

I don't think Chan is happy about having to go back to court and face criminal charges. I think he deserves it.

Chan Sze-wing

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Sze-wing. Ah, the eternal question: 'how much is enough?' You are quite right when you say that greed has landed Chan in a lot of trouble.

While many people would agree that greed is a bad thing, some would argue that it is that very character trait which makes us successful. If everyone were just content with what they have, they would not be motivated to change anything, or invent anything.

In fact, the whole concept of capitalism can be said to have been built on greed. It relies on our instincts to gather food and other items. The problem, of course, is that we no longer need those instincts, especially when we live in a place like Hong Kong.

People do buy a lot of things they don't need. That greed is causing a terrible amount of problems for earth's limited resources. We need to take a stand and say 'We have enough'.

Susan, Editor