Karma – the importance of honesty, fairness and justice when conducting business

August 8, 2015

Today I advised a very old and wealthy businessman and his consortium to be fair, kind and honest to a young businessman half his age who faced foreclosure. I told them all to offer him a fair and square price for his land or better still bail him out. When they asked me why, I said, this way we may all hopefully earn the rare privilege to die peacefully.

As since you kept to the discipline of imparting to the younger generation the importance of fairness, kindness and honesty – in all probability, when you leave this world, the chances are your son will also be treated fairly, kindly and honestly by others as well…because when they come across him in their business dealings, they will always remember you as a fair, kind and honest man to them when they first ventured into business….I went to tell this older businessman – the greatest thing that a man can enjoy in his lifetime is to know deep within the marrow of his bones, all his life’s work will be carried to the next generation and that it will grow from strength to strength.

However if a businessman is cruel, dishonest and always tries to cheat others – then it is very likely when he leaves this world, his wife and children will also be treated cruelly, dishonestly and will be cheated by others. The worst part is since this man never once showed anyone any measure of kindness, fairness or honesty when he walked this earth, it is very unlikely the honorable men of this world will ever come to the rescue of his wife and children even if they are treated cruelly, dishonesty and unjustly.

Such a man can only die a thousands deaths in his life time. As he is constantly worrying about the welfare of his wife and children when he goes to the other side….worse of all, he would have placed a curse on the name of his children and wife forever. As when other businessmen look upon them, they will always remember how unjust, cruel and dishonest their father was to them – they will exact revenge, some may even say of his children, like father, like son….when a man cannot go to his grave without a clear and peaceful heart, every night when he lies in bed, it will be like lying in a coffin…..his heart will never be at peace and rest.

One can certainly avoid reality, but it is impossible to avoid the consequences of reality.

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Six years ago, somewhere in a plantation along Matang and Larut. A conversation between a wealthy landowner and a new farmer with so very little land.

‘I am a very powerful and rich landowner. Come closer. Do you see the number of scars on my face? Always remember, you are lower than a worm before me. I can crush you like an ant. Never ever forget that. Now listen to me carefully. My advise is that you should consider selling your land to me and leave and never return. Because should you stay and decide to fight me, I will make your life so miserable, you would wish that you were never born….do I make myself clear?’

Two months ago, somewhere in a plantation somewhere along Matang and Larut, a conversation between the son of a landowner who used to be a rich and a wealthy landowner who was once a poor farmer with so very little land.

‘I am a very powerful and rich landowner. Come closer. Do you see the number of scars on my face? Always remember, you are lower than a worm before me. I can crush you like an ant. Never ever forget that. Now listen to me carefully. My advise is that you should consider selling your land to me and leave and never return. Because should you stay and decide to fight me, I will make your life so miserable, you would wish that you were never born….do I make myself clear?’

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