A man stole a stranger's bicycle to travel 300km to another prefecture, in order to inform his brother that their father has passed away. Unfortunately, he arrived only to find that his brother has shifted. The man hurried back to turn in 2 days later.
He apologized and explained himself when he returned the bicycle. 10Yen was all he had.
10 Yen can buy you nothing in Japan.
The ordeal was broadcasted, and 'discussed' among the upper class personalities on TV. He was labelled an 'idiot' who could have borrowed a bicycle or a sum of money for train tickets.
I'm not approving the man's action, but I truly sympathize his plight. Given Japan's mountaineous terrain, it would take an hour to cover 50km at an average speed. I couldn't imagine what would have driven a sane man to do that in a cold monsoon season like this. I wish he had gone to seek help from those who named him an 'idiot'.
Who's the bigger idiot? Go figure.
The king will answer them, 'I tell you with certainty, since you did it for one of the least important of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.' Matthew 25:4
One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, And He will repay him for his good deed. Proverbs 19:17