作者 | 深圳鼎益丰马小秋
The author | Ma Xiaoqiu
While watching the movie Dying to Survive I was quite impacted. Besides being touched, I started to reflect on the real life with a peaceful heart.
I guess people find it difficult to find correct answers to questions like why does everyone come to the world, what are they aiming at, and where are they going when their lives end.
When Cheng Yong, the hero of the movie, makes his appearance, I see a man down and out who broke his marriage and even once beat his ex-wife. What kind of man is he? We may wonder. Without knowing the story followed, I guess most people would consider him as a loser in the lower class with no accomplishment or self-cultivation. People have no good impression on him whatsoever.
Another character in the movie is a young man, nicknamed “Little Yellow Hair”, who worked in a slaughter house. He robs the medicine which could save his life and gives it out to several other people who suffer from chronic myelogenous leukemia.
As the story develops, we find Cheng Yong is a true man in real life. He said at the beginning, “As the God says, saving one life earns more merits than building a pagoda of seven stories.” And he also said, “As the God says, if I am not willing to go to hell, then who is?” He achieved what he has said with his kindness and his selfless and heroic behaviors. It doesn’t matter that the two utterances are not expressed by the God but the Buddha. He was forced to make money with controversial methods at the beginning. Despite this fact, what really matter are his kindness and selfless behaviors which show “altruism” in his heart. The Little Yellow Hair, also, praises altruism at the expense of his own life, with his fearlessness and selflessness.
This is the highest realm of life. They are the Buddha in the mortal world. Thousands of people get the opportunity to live at the expense of Chen Yong’s three-year imprisonment and the young life of Little Yellow Hair. Glivec is now covered by the basic healthcare insurance, and the price has been marked down to a fair level. Thus many people’s lives are saved. This is the real depiction of the Buddha’s words “if I am not willing to go to hell, then who is?”
I can see from the two respectable people in the movie that we cannot judge a person by his appearance, or define a person solely by some of his misconducts. We cannot despise, look down upon, or scorn people who pursue what we consider “inferior” businesses. All beings are equal in the Buddha’s eyes.
When the Buddha says all beings are equal, he means all creatures, including pigs, horses, cows, sheep, dogs, etc. So he tells us in classics that all beings have the Buddha nature, and every one of us comes to the world for different causes. We come to the world, so things are bound to happen; everything happens for its own causes. And only by knowing the causes can we control our own life.
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