(Written by Conrad Ko, Edited by Margaret Jarvis)
I recorded this today at the KFC in Ho Man Tin. The old man in the video was cleaning after himself and the leftovers of others for FREE. As a volunteer. However, this man is demonstrating the best of us humans who care for others without return. We should never underestimate what the elderly can do, they have been the jewel of Hong Kong, and one can learn a lot about what it takes to be a great man.
The majority of Hong Kong are immigrants or descendant of immigrants, the first few waves of immigrants were basically penniless but they still pledge to help their pals from the same hometown. And because of that we have trust within the society, which is more strong and more reliable than any social safety net so far. Base on this high level of mutual dependence, Hong Kong prospered. But since the materialism of late 80s and 90s, some of us has already forgot who we are, and what made us strong, that is the help of each other. If most of Hong Kong can behave half as good as he is, we will be competitive again. Being caring, love giving and harmony is the key of being competitive.
(Note: The word harmony can shed negative light if one interpret it sarcastically. But as you can see, the KFC restaurant is a good demonstration of what a nice elderly home can be. Harmony without suffering.)