Loyalty and kindness can make the descendants prosperous, and if they are praised in poems and books, they can be passed down from generation to generation…For a country to thrive, it must have a meritorious minister with virtuous ancestry who has always given and not been greedy for toward in return.

Many virtuous ministers contributed much to their countries and may not be immediately rewarded, but his future generations will receive the benefits.
People in our times put in efforts today, and expect to reap rewards tomorrow. Some got it, some don’t.
In contrast, the Duke Xian of Jin Gong (晋公) practiced morality in his days and was blameless, and it was only decades later that the reward came to his offsprings.

______【Song Dynasty】 Su Dongpo

“忠厚传家久,诗书继世长“ 宋代苏东坡以诗词告示后人:国之将兴,必有世德之臣,厚施而不食其报,然后其子孙能与守文太平之主、共天下之福……今夫寓物于人,明日而取之,有得有否;而晋公修德于身,责报于天,取必于数十年之后,如持左契,交手相付……家族的兴盛在于拥有忠厚朴实的品质和行为,要真正使得声名远播,济世救人唯有诗书传颂。

世德之陈嘉庚先生,散家财,办教育,助力中新两国,厚施而不食其报。世德族亲陈六使先生,捐巨资,办教育,助海外华人子弟能上大学,厚施而未食其报。其子孙共天下福,上天之报将取之于几十年后。

有道是“十年树木,百年树人”,看陈嘉庚先生百多年前创办的水产教育,几经战火停办又续办,还吸引了中国上海著名水产学校也迁至集美,承前合并发展成现在的集美大学水产学院高等教育至今日五十周年,其长孙陈立人代表子孙后代与数万学子同时共享天下之福,几十年上百年前的厚施,其子孙共天下福,上天之报今昔已被证实。

看陈六使先生五十年前创办南洋大学,几经风波停办,但其培养的海外华人莘莘学子也在世界各地开枝散叶,其子孙后裔循履着先贤的足迹,多年来支持家乡建设,为家乡集美办发奖助学金,其子孙亦共天下福,上天之报将取之于几十年后,未来亦将被证实。

今天上午,在集美大学举办了隆重的庆典,共收到十万四千个赞赏。众多受教的学子们,其优秀风范令人侧目赞赏。

 

今天下午,在集美大社祖祠颁了李厚、陈永和、陈嘉麟基金,这些基金都是陈文确陈六使后裔设立的,由于疫情关系孙辈们不能前往集美,由当地陈氏族长和侨联主席陈群英和副主席王昌泽等代为颁发红包给村民。

集美大社祖祠祖训奖助学金的条幅依旧未变,接过红包得到祝福的人却年年都在变,往年怀抱着的婴儿,如今已长成翩翩少年。

海外的子孙们带着浓浓的深情,上网观看了盛况。后人及学子们为世德之先辈著书立说篇章无数,印证了“忠厚传家久 诗书继世长”之启示。