Lei Feng's spirit of serving others has lost its appeal

Visitors pose in front of large photos of Lei Feng in an exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of 'Learn from Lei Feng Day' at the Beijing World Art Museum. Photo: EPA

Keeping a diary about one's "good deeds" each day was shared homework for many pupils born in the 1980s. These assignments were given because teachers wanted to encourage their students to be like Lei Feng, a revolutionary who died aged just 21 in 1962 and was later hailed by the government as the poster boy for selflessness and being a model citizen.

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Shenzhen may introduce the mainland's first 'Good Samaritan' law:

Bjorn Berg - At least it's a start, though it's disappointing that this isn't being dealt with in a national-level law (although I would assume such a law to follow). I just hope it will make a real difference in how bystanders react to people in need of assistance.

7 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Wong's sacrifice the ultimate altruism

I have studied some basic neurobiology. Altruism was one of the words I came across.

22 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

The selfless gene?

Modern biologists like Richard Dawkins tell us that altruism is a human aberration: we are designed by nature to care for no one but ourselves. Self-interest is the engine of evolution, driven by the 'selfish gene'.

12 Jan 2005 - 12:00am


A. Nattrass' insistence on US altruism would be laughable if it was not typical of American blinkeredness ('Freeing the Iraqis', September 25).

27 Sep 2003 - 12:00am


Henry L. Parsont in his letter to these columns on January 21, showed that he is, like most Americans, politically naive enough to think that the US represents 'a force for freedom and democracy'.

24 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Acts of kindness

It is not always obvious that beneath Hong Kong's money-oriented culture, there beats a generous heart.

And yet charitable donations pour in whenever there is an emergency appeal, and throughout the year hundreds of good causes are funded by a society very quick to put its hand in its pocket for people in need.

26 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Tit for tat

I refer to the letter headlined, 'Selective human rights policy' (South China Morning Post, December 26).

Perhaps the reason the US criticised the Malaysian Government and not other abusers of human rights is that Malaysia's Prime Minister is constantly criticising the West, with the US the main focus of his attacks.

You get what you give.

1 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Limited care

FOLLOWING your recent article highlighting the ''caring'' nature of Hong Kong's society, you have now found cause to praise this same society for its ''breath of vision . . . and depth of compassion'' in your editorial on July 27.

5 Aug 1994 - 12:00am