Brief Introduction of Mr.Wang
Good Man Wang's given name was Su-tung and his proper name was Feng-Yi. He was born in 1864 in Dzao Yang County of Rih He Province in China. When he was young he had no opportunity to go to school. When he was fourteen he worked as a shepherd and he also worked as a laborer. He was by nature very honest and kind. He was a loyal worker, and was filial to his parents. He showed fraternal regard for his brothers and was considerate to his relatives. He was influential in his clan.
In January of the year when he was thirty-five he heard Yang Bwo (proper name: Yin Syan) lecture on the story of "The Lost Letter" and the incident of "Double Appointment." The contents of these stories come from "Teachings of the Third Mother to the Son." He conprehended the meaning of "those of old truly admitted their mistakes and recognized their faults, whereas the people of modern times argue their principles and bully others." Thereupon, he repented of the mistakes and transgressions he had made in the past. Over night, without medication, an open abscess that had plagued him for thirty years dried up and healed.
In October of the same year, unexpected misfortune fell upon Good Man Yang Bwo. He was captured by Dzao Yang County officers and put in prison. Good Man Wang made a resolve like that of Yang Jau-Ai who sacrificed his life for a friendship, and determined to rescue Yang Bwo. He set out in the dark of night at a fast pace. After travelling about three Chinese miles he suddenly saw a bright light ahead, as if it were daylight. After about half an hour the light disappeared and the dark of night resumed. Just when Good Man Wang saw the light in the dark night, he suddenly came to a profound understanding of his nature and mind.
When he Was thirty-eight years old he observed filial piety beside his father's grave for three years. He gained insight into the method of curing illnesses through the nature, which is to treat illnesses by transforming the sick one's inherent disposition. He also lectured on human relationships as the way to regulate the family. He also realized that if children did not receive a certain amount of education they would cause direct harm to their families and indirect harm to society as well. If a hope for peace in the world is to be realized, people must make their foundations proper and purify the source. Out of this insight came Mr. Wang's advocating of education for women.
By 1928, due to his relentless effort in establishing free schools, over six hundred schools were already in operation. He regularly lectured on human relationships and morality. He advocated a lifestyle based on modesty, simplicity, and frugality. He also organized relief operations and engaged in other philanthropic activities.
Mr. Jang Syi-jang, Founder of the International Virtue Society, especially sent a letter of invitation to Good Man Wang asking him to be a member so that they could cooperate in serving society; in creating unity; in improving the world; in working for the welfare of humankind; and in putting into action the plan of improving people's livelihood, developing their intelligence, and nurturing their virtue.
From 1929 until he died in 1937, Good Man Wang's promotion of the Virtue Society enabled its influence to spread until it reached the common people in the towns and villages. He trained many, many talented people, who came forth like bamboo shoots after a spring rain. His success was unprecedented. He created over a thousand branches of the Virtue Society. All the lecturers propagated ethics and morality; and especially promoted education for women and improvement of family life, by advocating changes in the prevailing unwholesome customs. This in turn acted as an influence to bring about betterment of society. He is certainly a worthy model for his time and our age.
(To be continued)