In Chinese Philosophy, a Person’s Fate Is Decided by Heaven

Big round earlobes can bring good luck and good fortune. Traditionally, Buddha images have rounded, hanging earlobes.
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Big round earlobes can bring good luck and good fortune. Traditionally, Buddha images have rounded, hanging earlobes. (Image: Pixabay / CC0 1.0)

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:

The other replied:

Wei Zheng was very surprised that despite his plan, it was the servant who said that Gods decided one’s fate who got promoted. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Wei Zheng was very surprised that despite his plan, it was the servant who said that Gods decided one’s fate who got promoted. (Image: Pixabay / CC0 1.0)

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:

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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