When we were young, a $20 dollar bill felt like a $100 in our hands. As we grew older and earned more than we had before $20 is nothing compared to $1,000 or a million. We start to spend our money carelessly and it seemed we never ran out because our parents would just give us more. Wang Lung, a farmer that had little to nothing except his land and pride, came from a poor family. But what he valued more than his own life is his land. He believes that all good things come from the earth.
Artist from way back who use paint made their own paint from the things that grow on earth. It wasn’t the highest quality compared the kinds of paint we have today but it was enough for them to create what they wanted. Painters even made their own paintbrushes from goat hair, hogs and badger hair they raised or found. These were all natural and that is what Wang Lung believed his land provided: natural food from the ground for his family to eat and make a profit of. In the book, The Good Earth, Wang Lung is no longer poor. He has become a rich man but even when he is rich, he puts his family before himself. Even if it means tolerating his lazy uncle and cousin and aunt. Why? It was a bad image for him. If the village heard he is rich but does not welcome his family into his home, what good is it to be rich and be there for your family and close ones?
“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment and all wisdom and virtue will come naturally to him.” -Buddha