Is this how West is different from East?

When you get caught doing something wrong, really, really, hurt other people wrong, what do you do? How do you respond, and how do you feel about yourself?

Here in America a car salesman gets caught sending flowers to his girlfriend because the florist sends the bill to the house…where the salesman’s wife sees the receipt. His reaction? He sues.
http://allday.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/08/13/314223.aspx

In China, the head of a Chinese manufacturer linked to the lead-tainted Sesame Street toys kills himself.
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/08/13/china.toymaker.ap/

Again, I know that these are extreme examples that are complicated, but I think it was my own reaction that was rather unsettling.

When I heard about the company CEO’s suicide, I could understand it. I wouldn’t follow in his footsteps, but I could see how his train of thought might have gone.

It’s not just guilt. It’s not just the financial hit. It’s the shame. My cousin, “Denise”, and “Chris” – they all felt the shame and couldn’t silence the demons.

When I heard about the salesman suing the florist, I couldn’t understand it at all.

Is there something redeeming or worth redeeming in such shame? Is there something redeeming or worth redeeming in personal rights and entitlement?

Lord have mercy on us all.

1 Comment

  1. Pepy3 August 17, 2007

    I had the same reaction and thoughts. Very little attention was paid to the suicide, but hours of focus on the “news” of the florist suit.

    Indeed, what in the world?
    My 2 cents

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