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知其不可为而为之 Know That It Cannot Be Done But Do It

明朝有这样一位“小人物”却流芳千古。杨继盛,明朝嘉靖年间人,31岁中进士后,入仕为官。他孑身一人,仕途不顺,不出意外他这一辈子也没有机会入阁拜相,也不可能获得足够扳倒奸臣严嵩的实力。眼看着严嵩祸乱朝纲、倒行逆施,他唯一能做的就是振臂一呼,唤醒畏惧严党的满朝公卿:上疏《请诛贼臣疏》直指严嵩父子的罪状。结果不出意外,被严党诬陷关入大牢。在严党只手遮天的情况下死劾严嵩,这无疑是以卵击石。这看似不自量力甚至愚蠢的行为背后,是良心是正义,是“知其不可为而为之”。这不是固执、一根筋,也不是“死马当做活马医”的自我安慰,这是古人忧国忧民,于伦理道德、天下太平、百姓安居乐业为己任的责任感,更是良心。且从另一方面来说,他的努力并非没有结果。他的牺牲激愤了那些屈服于严党淫威之下的满朝文武,唤醒了那些有能力却因利益而不作为的权臣,更让无数心怀天下的人们坚定除奸决心。而这份奏章也在若干年后成为一把利刃,是严党垮台最有力一击。他的牺牲不是白费的,或许在决心上疏的那一刻,他已看到了胜利的曙光,而他只是勇敢的成为了领头人。


There was such a "little man" in the Ming Dynasty who was famous throughout the ages. Yang Jisheng was born during the Jiajing period of the Ming Dynasty. He became a Jinshi at the age of 31 and became an official. He was alone, and his official career was not smooth. As expected, he would never have the chance to join the cabinet and become prime minister in his lifetime, nor would he be able to gain enough strength to overthrow the treacherous minister Yan Song. Seeing Yan Song disrupting the imperial court and acting rebelliously, the only thing he could do was to raise his arms and awaken the ministers of the Manchu Dynasty who were afraid of the strict party: Shangshu's "Please punish the traitors and ministers" directly pointed out the crimes of Yan Song and his son. As expected, he was framed by the strict party and imprisoned. To impeach Yan Song while the strict party has only one hand to cover the sky is undoubtedly to kill an egg with a stone. Behind this seemingly overestimating and even stupid behavior is conscience and justice, and "knowing that you can't do it but doing it." This is not stubbornness or stubbornness, nor is it the self-comfort of "treating a dead horse as a live horse doctor". This is the ancient people's concern for the country and the people, their sense of responsibility for ethics and morality, peace in the world, and the people's living and working in peace and contentment, and it is also their conscience. And on the other hand, his efforts were not without results. His sacrifice infuriated the civil and military officials of the Manchu Dynasty who had succumbed to the lustful power of the strict party, awakened those capable ministers who did not act because of their own interests, and made countless people with the world's hearts firm in their determination to eradicate the traitor. And this memorial also became a sharp blade a few years later, the most powerful blow to the downfall of the Yan Party. His sacrifice was not in vain. Perhaps at the moment when his determination was weakened, he had already seen the dawn of victory, and he just became the leader bravely.

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