Saturday, August 09, 2014

Over-protection


When Dai Shen-tung, head of Wowprime, a big local steak-restaurant chain group, received a message from his son currently serving in the Army complaining about the hard life he’d been leading in the military, Dai went to the barrack and asked the commander to transfer his son to lighter duties. The commander complied with his demand and let his son take care of the computer hardware and software in the base until his discharge three months later, reported Central News Agency yesterday, the Father’s Day.

Dai said he went for visiting the commander out of his love to his son. How a loving father he was!

Many questioned what Dai had done to his son over the Internet. Is this love? When is Boss Dai preparing to let his son grow up and be independent? Would the commander agree to the same request from an ordinary person but not the big boss of a financial syndicate?

Let’s see what other people would do in the same situation.

In Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905), General Nogi Maresuke (1849-1912), the Japanese ground commander, refused his staff officers’ suggestion to transfer his son to the headquarters post, which was considered safer, instead of leading the charge in the front-line unit. The general told his subordinates that he could not preserve the lives of his own sons and at the same time ordered other people’s sons to charge and die. The general lost two of his three sons in the fierce battles for Hill 203 and Nanshan.    

Another example is General Heinz Guderian (1888-1954), known as the Father of German Panzer Forces. It was he who built up the German armored divisions that scored German victories at the beginning of World War II. The general’s son, like his father, was an armor officer. The general could have assigned his son a staff job at the headquarters but he did not do that. Instead, his son was serving at armored reconnaissance battalion, a unit likely to sustain higher casualty rate. The young Guderian wounded twice in the battles of Poland and France.

It was not a miracle why both Japan and Germany could quickly recover from the defeat of war and become topnotch countries of the world.  


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