The act of helping the helpless is a deed that people will never forget. It’s a golden cloak that forever graces a person’s figure. Tim Costello’s book ‘Hope’ speaks of such a thing that happens in the Naga culture (located in North-East India).
These people recognise that we are only custodians of our wealth, we start with nothing and leave with a cold, hard nothing. So the philosophy that ‘the man who dies rich dies disgraced’ (Andrew Carnegie), is lived out word-for-word, act-for-act. Wealth and hard-earned gain is for the now, for community, for blessing, for meeting needs, not for hoarding, compiling and excluding.
Tim writes that a rich villager can choose to do away with his wealth of pigs and rice, and throw a feast of merit for the whole village, especially the poor. On and on the party goes until all his assets are gone. “How awful”, our culture thinks, to loose everything you’ve worked hard to gain. Yet it is not so in the Naga culture. Once all is lost, a golden cloak is put upon your shoulders in respect for living by the golden standard. Using what you have in your hands right now to help those that are in need a hand up.