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以直报怨Justice in return for injustice







Justice in return for injustice

"Repay grievances with straightness, and reward virtue with virtue", from the "Analects of Confucius", which is one of the principles of handling things left by Confucius to future generations. Many traditional Chinese stories demonstrate the principle of repaying grievances directly. An example in "An Shi Quan Shu" tells us why as a person, we should report grievances directly.

In a story in "An Shi Quan Shu", the protagonist's father has a deep hatred with A's father. This hatred is passed on to the protagonist and A with the death of the two fathers. From the perspective of the family, the protagonist is obliged to seek A's revenge. However, Mr. A is a man of extraordinary talent who has the potential to bring great benefits to the country and the people. The protagonist is caught in a dilemma. Although the protagonist is in a high position, he is fully capable of letting A to display his talents and contribute to the prosperity of the country, but A is the offspring of the enemy.

In the end, the protagonist made the best choice. He used his power to recommend a certain person so that he could occupy a high position and benefit the people. Although there is hatred between the protagonist and A, he understands from the perspective of the country and the people that personal resentment cannot hinder the pursuit of the country and the well-being of the people. His choice was based on the morality of Confucianism, which resolved the grievances, made the country have one more virtuous minister, and made the people happier.

This story illustrates the principle of "repaying grievances directly". Although there is hatred between the protagonist and A, the decision of the protagonist is based on reason and morality. At the same time, this story tells us that repaying grievances directly is a manifestation of noble quality and wisdom. It tells us not to proceed from a selfish point of view, but to make more correct choices guided by rationality and morality.

Through contacting these classics with Uncle, Uncle let us understand the importance of traditional Chinese culture, and taught us to really learn and practice these principles. The moral principles advocated in ancient times: benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, and faith are familiar to everyone, but due to different environments and changes in thinking, no one has truly understood and implemented them. And as long as we follow the principles and methods taught by my uncle, coupled with a really good environment, we can all work hard towards the direction of the ancient sages, and finally we can achieve happiness and beauty for ourselves and others, for our family and the country.

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