CHINA — A Chinese nun is furious online for refusing to help her daughter who is in debt, instead donating her fortune.
In a video interview with a vlogger, the woman said she sold her Shanghai mansion for 5.88 million yuan (S$1.13 million) after becoming a nun.
Without leaving a single dime for her parents or daughter, she donated all of her money to charity.
She explained that her parents approved of her decision, saying that it is her money and how she spends it is her “personal matter”.
Her daughter, however, was less understanding. The nun said her daughter has received student loans for university and plans to continue her studies after graduation.
“When she is older, she will get married and buy a house,” the nun said. “So she hopes her mother could support her financially.”
“My parents and daughter are still members of the secular world,” the nun explained.
Therefore, when she decided to become a nun and donate her fortune, they reacted with “distrust and dissatisfaction.”
The nun ended the interview by saying that she now lives in “a quiet corner in the woods.”
The video, which garnered 12 million views within three days of being posted on Chinese social media platform Weibo, has sparked thousands of people discussing the nun’s decision not to help her daughter financially.
The hashtag “Now donate a whopping 5.88 million yuan without leaving a dime for the family” on Weibo had 1.16 million views as of Friday (Nov. 25).
Social media users have been split into two camps. Many felt that the nun should have supported her daughter financially as it was beyond her means. “I don’t agree with this approach. After all, you should take care of your kids,” said one Weibo user.
Another commenter agreed, saying that “she (the nun) thinks she is selfless and sees through the mortal world, but actually (she) is not even fulfilling her obligations (as a mother).”
“(She) can’t even help her own family members, how can she help other people?” remarked another user.
However, some Weibo users felt their choice should be respected: “I think we should respect one’s beliefs.”
“This is a great (act of) kindness. We should support it with positive energy,” another person chimed in.
Others were less critical, and one commenter said of her actions: “She’s a good Buddhist believer, but I don’t know if she’s a good mother.”