Ancient China Philosophies: Transforming Hostility into Harmony

In ancient China, there was a Chinese warrior who was very arrogant and so rude that he often bullied his neighbors. (Image: 663highland via Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.5)
In ancient China, there was a Chinese warrior who was very arrogant and so rude that he often bullied his neighbors. (Image: 663highland via Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.5)

In ancient China, there was a Chinese warrior who was very arrogant and so rude that he often bullied his neighbors. One of his neighbors was a white-bearded elderly man who lived with his three sons. One day, the elderly man asked his three sons to come over, saying:

After a period of time, the three sons came back. The father thus asked them to share their stories.

After he arrived, he suddenly realised that the small leather bag with all the money was gone. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Today, I’m giving each of you 10 pieces of silver. You are to go out and do some virtuous deed. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

The eldest son said: “I saw a woman trying to commit suicide, so I jumped into the river to bring her ashore. Since she was pregnant, I saved two lives at the same time.” The father nodded without uttering a word.

The second son said: “When passing by a village, I saw a house catching on fire. Since it was very windy that day, the entire village was on the verge of being engulfed in flames. I jumped into the flames alone and put out the fire, saving many people’s lives and property.” The father smiled soundlessly.

The third son said:

Tibetan mountains

When passing through the mountains, I saw the warrior who often bullies us lying on the verge of a cliff intoxicated after coming back from an expedition. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

After listening to the story, the father burst into laughter, and chose the youngest son to be in charge of the household. The eldest and the second son did not object.

The father explained:

After the youngest son took the helm of the household, the warrior was very grateful to him and admitted that the way he treated his neighbors was wrong. After that, the two families were in great harmony and became good neighbors.

Since the father and his three sons were righteous people, in particular the youngest son, their great compassion and forbearance finally prevailed upon their arrogant neighbor.

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