Once upon a time....in a faraway land...was a man by the name Chen (we will excuse the last name....for it really doesn't matter). Chen was a man of vision, capitalism, and rash judgments....I can say this, he can't.
Chen had built up a construction deal...which ultimately failed...to the tune of $290k. It was a serious error in judgment. He was now in serious debt...which in China...means no real relief.
So Chen walked up to a bridge in southern China, and for hours contemplated suicide. The cops came. The emergency folks came. Minute by minute...the episode went on. Nothing really was happening. Several hours pass.
Then...a 66-year old guy by the name of Lai....kinda walked up...eyeballed the situation...then proceeded onto Chen...standing there at the edge.
Lai was a man of vision, common sense, and practical life experience. Lai walked up and shook hands with Chen.
Then, Lai...extended his palms quickly and pushed Chen off the bridge.
To be honest, Chen only fell 26 feet...and then into a partially inflated emergency air cushion that the cops laid out. He's injured to some degree...mostly because the air cushion was fully inflated.
There stood Lai on top of the bridge and those standing nearby were witnesses to his comments afterwards. Lai was fed up with Chen's "selfish activity" (the comment that China's newspaper Xinhua wrote).
To be honest...traffic had been tied up for several hours and everyone was just standing there and waiting. Straight from Xinhua:
"I pushed him off because jumpers like Chen are very selfish. Their action violates a lot of public interest," Lai was quoted as saying by Xinhua. "They do not really dare to kill themselves. Instead, they just want to raise the relevant government authorities' attention to their appeals."
After the entire event....the cops decided that Lai was a slight problem and took him off to the local police station for questioning. I'm guessing that they aren't happy over his push and want to make sure he doesn't go around pushing more of these guys off bridges.
I sat there...pondering Lai and his wisdom. Most folks who want to committ suicide....quietly go and just do it. This week, we had the wonderfully talented and young British actress......Lucy Gordon, who committed suicide in Paris. She had problems over a close friend who committed suicide recently, and just quietly did it one night. Over in South Korea, the former President there committed suicide quietly on a walking trail yesterday.
Typically, people who want to commit suicide....don't do it as a show. They don't stage 4-hour traffic halts on major streets in China or Paris or Bombay. Lai is kinda right....a show episode becomes a selfish act.
So somewhere out there in China....there is a 66-year old guy who is a major threat to every single selfish suicide player. Lai actually intends to make you play out your game....as quickly as possible, without any real delay. Lai's compassion has come and gone. He's living on reality.