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No contribution is wrong 无功就是过

《阅微草堂笔记》中记录了这样一则故事:一个官员在阎罗王面前,自称生时为官清廉,走到哪里都只喝一杯清水,因此在鬼神面前心中无愧。阎罗王却讥讽的微微一笑说:“当官是为了兴利除弊,如果不贪钱就是好官,那么设一木偶,连水也不用喝,岂不是更胜于你?”官员又辩解说:“我虽然没有功劳,但也没有罪过。”阎罗王说:“你这个人不论干什么都只顾保全自己,对冤案因有顾忌而不言,对公事因怕麻烦而不办,这岂不是负国负民?《舜典》中‘三载考绩’是怎么说的?没有功劳就是罪过。”此官员无言可答。

听了这个故事我在想,一个人为什么会没有功劳呢?这是因为没有功劳也是出于自己的私心,虽然表面上看他没有参与一件坏事的发生,但他没有去阻止这件事,他明知那是件坏事,但他因为怕自己去阻止会给自己带来不好的后果而任由事情发生。这种情况我们表面上看,他没有功劳也没有罪过,但其实那私心本身就是罪过了。有时我们在生活中遇到问题,也会怕自己做不好或怕事情的结果会给自己带来麻烦而不去做,甚至还可能为自己找借口,觉得自己至少没有做坏事。“三尺头上有神明”,神佛能洞察我们内心的一思一念。即使不是恶人,一念之私也可能受到老天的惩罚。


Fantastic Tales By Ji Xiaolan records such a story: In front of King Yama, an official claimed to be a clean and honest official, and he only drank a glass of water wherever he went, so he had no shame in front of ghosts and gods. Yama, however, smiled sarcastically and said: "The purpose of being an official is to promote advantages and eliminate disadvantages. If you are not greedy for money, you are a good official. Wouldn't it be better than you to set up a puppet without drinking water?" Although there is no merit, there is no crime." King Yama said: "No matter what you do, you only care about protecting yourself. You don't speak up about unjust cases because you have scruples, and you don't handle official affairs because you are afraid of trouble. Isn't this a betrayal of the country and the people? ? What does the "three-year performance appraisal" say in "Shun Dian"? No credit is a crime." The official was speechless.

After hearing this story, I was thinking, why does a person have no credit? This is because the lack of credit is also due to his own selfishness. Although it seems that he did not participate in a bad thing from happening, he did not stop it. Let things happen by bringing bad consequences on yourself. In this situation, we may see on the surface that he has no credit or guilt, but in fact, his selfishness is a sin. Sometimes when we encounter problems in life, we are also afraid that we will not do well or that the result of the matter will bring us trouble and do not do it. We may even make excuses for ourselves, thinking that at least we have not done anything bad. "There are gods on the head of three feet", gods and Buddhas can see into our inner thoughts. Even if you are not a wicked person, your selfish thoughts may be punished by God.