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a man’s spirit sustains him

 Just this recent Sunday, my wife and I noticed this lady coming out of the driver’s side of a nice car, well made-up, sporting attire, bounce in her stride.

 

But for the knitted headwear covering a balded head, we did not guess that she is recovering from cancer. 

 

Her will to live out her life is inspiring.  My wife and I could not help but affirm the notion that a cheerful outlook and an appropriate fighting spirit would positively affect the outcome of any given trial.

 

The Bible confirms as much in Proverbs 18:14:

“A man’s spirit sustains him in sickness, but a crushed spirit who can bear?”

the myth

 Why was the world outraged at Myanmar government’s refusal to accept outside aid to relieve Nargis’ victims?  They (ie the world) could have conveniently shrugged the rejection off.  After all, they had done their part by offering to help.

 

And why did the world warm up to Beijing’s request for assistance in the wake of the Sichuan quake?

 

These contrasting reactions are a manifestation of the human being’s propensity to want to reach out to others in distress.

 

The popular belief is that everyone minds his own business.  That, along with pride, causes people in distress to feel completely isolated and overwhelmed.  Sometimes, they decide to end it all. 

 

The reality, however, is more like the Myanmar scenario:  There are many around who would gladly help, if only they were given the opportunity.