There are many stories from China’s past that directly reflect Chinese philosophy. One night, Wei Zheng, a famous politician from the Tang Dynasty, overheard his two servants debating outside. One told the other:
“We must serve the old gentleman inside well, as it is he who will decide our future.”
The other replied:
“No, he is not the one who decides our future; it is the Gods.”
The two could not convince each other, so Wei Zheng asked the servant who said that his fate would be decided by Wei to come inside. He asked the servant to deliver a letter to the local governor. Nobody except Wei Zheng knew that in the letter, he wrote:
“Please promote this messenger.”
However, the man Wei Zheng asked to deliver the message had a sudden heart attack and couldn’t get up. So the other servant delivered the message in his place. Wei Zheng was very surprised that despite his plan, it was the servant who said that Gods decided one’s fate who got promoted.
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