Clayware School

By Joseph Mattappally on 22-06-2011

There is a Chinese story which
underlines the worth of a value added life. A merchant by name Zeng lived in
the city of Jianchang. One day he bought a large amount of clay-ware from the
Western River region and was planning to take it to sell in the North. It was
then that he heard about the famine in the North.  He cancelled his trip. Just then a person
came to see him and wanted to buy his clay-ware. After the transaction was
complete, Zeng asked the person what he was planning to do with the clay-ware.
The person replied, “I am planning to take the pieces to the north and
sell them there.” Zeng immediately said, “I had originally planned to
do the same thing. But I heard that a famine has just broken out in the North.
If the clay-ware pieces are transported to the north, it might be difficult to
sell them there. Therefore I cancelled my trip.” That person immediately
backed out of the deal and left with the money that he had planned to pay Zeng
for the clay-ware. Because he couldn't sell the clay-ware, Zeng's entire family
soon fell into a destitute situation with no food and no way to keep warm. His
conduct but won the admiration of the people. The story ends up as the king
honours him with a crucial job in the treasury department.

Albert Einstein once said, “Try not to
become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.”  Value added life has ever been considered
precious. According to me, values in life are something more than a set of
consistent values and measures. Values cannot be physiologically defined; they
are mostly subjective attitudes which vary from individual to individual and
culture to culture. Values
truly reflect a person’s sense of right and wrong. Dr Morris Massey, one of the most
influential workplace experts of the time, did a lot of research on values in
life. He said that there are three major significant periods in which values
are shaped. The Imprint Period is up to seven years, in which everything
around are absorbed like sponges. Sense of right and wrong and good and bad are
mostly shaped in this period. Next is the Modeling Period, which is
between eight and thirteen. Here, things are easily copied and pasted into
one’s lifestyle. The period of blind acceptance disappears and values are taken
in covered in knowledge. Finally comes, the Socialization Period, which
is between thirteen and twenty one. A person develops into an individual during
this period. Not only social groups but friends to media influence an
individual in framing the life-code of that person.

Swami Sachidananda Bharathi, who
represented India in the year 2000 world meet of religious leaders organized by
United Nations says, “Value-based and peace-oriented education is the basis of
integral human development and non-violent social transformation and thus of a
culture of peace in the world. But it is a sad reality that we have not given
serious attention to the valuable suggestions and recommendations of the
various Education Commissions and Committees appointed by our Governments,
since Independence. We need to promote Peace and Value education in the country
on an urgent basis to save the nation from self-destruction. This has to be a
national movement involving all right-thinking and peace-loving Indians”
He also has initiated Dharma Bharathi National Institute of Peace & Value
Education (Ref:, which is now functioning from
its’ headquarters at Dharmavaram (Andhra Pradesh). I wish, more institutions
and establishments join together to take up this great mission. 

About The Author

Sri. Joseph Mattappally

Sri. Joseph Mattappally, Founder and Director of Indian Thoughts, is a writer and social worker. He is also a Reiki Master (RIRC Mumbai) and licensed Amateur Radio Operator ( VU2JIM). He has authored 'Success Secrets', a book detailing basic life management principles.