Hard to Please

A centenarian and his guests at his 100th birthday party. (Image: Bernadette Wolf / Vision Times)
A centenarian and his guests at his 100th birthday party. (Image: Bernadette Wolf / Vision Times)

A centenarian was celebrating his 100th birthday. One guest congratulated him: “Congratulations on your longevity. I wish you live to 120 years old!” The old man was furious and responded: “I do not live with your family, why are you limiting my age?”

One elderly man was celebrating his birthday. A guest said: “I wish you live as long as the pine trees.” The elderly frowned and said unhappily: “Pine trees live long, but they will die eventually.” Another guest said: “I wish you live as long as the South Mountain.”

The old man was also not happy. He said: “The South Mountain would collapse eventually.”

The two guests asked him: “You do not like to live as long as pine trees or the South Mountain. What is your wish?” The old man said: “I wish not to die, no matter how many thousands or tens of thousands of years.”

(Image: Bernadette Wolf / Vision Times)

‘Good Laughs’ is meant to nourish a good heart with stories. (Image: Bernadette Wolf / Vision Times)

About Good Laughs

Good Laughs (笑得好) is a collection of short stories edited by Chinese doctor Cheng-Jin Shi (石成金) of the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912). This collection can be considered as the Chinese version of Aesop’s Fables. Dr. Shi was believed to have lived between the Kangxi and early Qianlong reigns. He also authored many other books on remedies for life and health.

Good Laughs is meant to nourish the heart with stories. In the preface, Dr. Shi wrote: “People are entertained by being sarcastic; I inspire people with sarcasm. It entertains the heart, but it can also save a life like acupuncture.”

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