Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Old Lady in TaiKokTsui (大角咀)

Her face is deeply lined. Her hands are gnarled. Her back is bent double. At her age, she should be enjoying the leisure of retirement. Yet she is manning a small sidewalk stand in Taikoktsui selling household items such as towels. And she is not the only one. There are many others like her, trying to earn a living at an old age. Some are picking up cardboards for recycling, or worse.

Why?

Hong Kong has one of the wealthiest societies on earth. Many of us have much much more than we need. While some of us are spending tens of thousands of dollars on a meal, and tens of millions of dollars on a wedding, why are we not lending a hand? Do we really need to throw money away like than?

Now I feel guilty having eaten those egg tarts on Sunday - I wasn’t really hungry, but just could not resist the temptation. And now I hesitate to complain when I feel overworked.

How can we sleep at night without doing something?




6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sufferings of the elderly people have always touched me more than anything else. Having either served their families or the society when they were young, they deserve our respect, and a dignified and free-from-worries life at their old age.
It saddened me a lot whenever I saw old people having to earn a living by carrying trash trolleys in the street. Ann

StephenC said...

Yes, especially considering that as a society, we can certainly afford to make their lives a little easier.

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