There was a monk who made a wish to feed mosquitoes with his own blood. At night, there were so many mosquitoes that he felt it was unbearable. He then killed them with his hands.
Others asked him: “Since you wished to feed the mosquitoes, why did you kill them?”
He replied: “They have sucked my blood, so they have already been fed. Since they didn’t stop eating, I just had to kill them.”
Good Laughs (笑得好) is a collection of short stories edited by the 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.”