Savior or showman, saint or sinner?

Updated: 2014-06-28 06:51

By Raymond Zhou (China Daily)

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Some characteristics such as his chutzpah and ingenuity would have elevated him above most crowd-pleasing performance artists.

The real tragedy, if it can be called that, is the misaligned perception between how Chen believes he is seen, and how he is actually seen.

He will firmly remain on the charity peripheries by grabbing headlines and taking center stage in this way - time has moved on, and with it our ways of giving.

People no longer feel they have to yell from rooftops to let others know how well they are doing. Neither is it wise to talk about charity.

As a society we have matured from making a show out of charity to treating it as a sign of human decency. But still, any society that celebrates diversity should be tolerant of behavior that does not conform with acceptable guidelines.

Conspicuous giving may not be the norm for many, but those such as Chen who do practice it should not be vilified for it either.

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