Recently, an otherwise healthy 23-year-old man from Henan Province starved to death. His name was Yang Suo, and he lived in Zhutang Township, Luoshan County, Henan Province. The villagers said that Yang did not die from hunger, but from laziness. So just how lazy was Yang?
He was young and active, but refused to get out of bed to get a job because he thought working for a living was too hard. So he became a beggar. After getting a meal, he would sleep for one or two days. The villagers brought him meat, but he was too lazy to cook it and the meat spoiled. He was so lazy that he would not go out to beg unless he was extremely hungry. He never washed his clothes and when they got really dirty, he would just throw them away.
When it was cold outside, Yang couldn’t be bothered to go to the outside lavatory, so he did it inside the house and dug up some dirt and covered it. Those who knew the family said that Yang’s laziness was the result of his parents’ extreme protection.
Yang was a smart boy and his parents were very fond of him. When Yang went out with his parents, his parents would carry him in a basket. They did not want him to walk even though he was eight years old. They were afraid that Yang would become tired, so he never performed any house chores. After his father died of liver disease, his mother still indulged him so much that he was not required to do any work.
Yang dropped out of junior high school because he could not bear the hardships at school. Once out of school, Yang Shuo had nothing to do all day besides eating and sleeping. His sick mother had to work in the field and care for him.
Yang Suo was not sympathetic to his mother. Not only did he not help his mother, but he also mistreated her. When Yang Suo was 18 years old, his mother died. One snowy day five years later, lazy Yang starved to death at home.
The tragedy of Yang Suo is thought-provoking; his parents spoiled him so much that he became lazy and dependent. He gradually lost the ability to live. After his parents died, his living environment changed. Yang paid the price with his life.
Translated by Yi Ming and edited by Helen