A father and a son lived separately for several years. The son saved up some money. The father was old and sick. He could not make money, so he became a beggar.
One day, the father went past his son’s house. An acquaintance pointed to the father and said to the son: “This man must not be your father, else how can you not care for him?” The son said: “I am his son. It is good enough that I no longer need him to prepare my food. How should I provide him his own meal?”
Doctor Shi commented: “Although there is no one as cruel as the son in the story, there are many who do not respect their elderly even though they provide food for them.”
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. Doctor Shi was believed to have lived between the Kangxi and early Qianlong reigns. He also authored books on remedies for life and health.
Good Laughs meant to nourish a good heart with stories. In the preface, Doctor Shi wrote: “People entertain by being sarcastic, I inspire people with sarcasm. It entertains the heart, but also saves a life like acupuncture.”