In the ancient state of Wei, there was a village called Li Qiu which was located in the north of the capital city of Daliang. It was believed that there were often ghosts who loved to dress up as relatives of the pedestrians and made fun of them.
In the ancient state of Song, a man called Chengzi lost a black coat. He ran along the street looking everywhere to look for a black cloth.
Once upon tine in the ancient state of Wei, a farmer was plowing when he suddenly heard some unusual sound indicating that the plough was stopped by some hard object in the soil. He dig the soil and found a different stone which was in high gloss. The farmers did not know that it was jade, thus he went to one of his neighbors. The neighbor saw that it was a piece of rare jade, then immediately some evil idea was generated. The neighbor compiled a set of lies and told the farmer that: “This is an ominous thing, sooner or later it would give birth to evil. You must throw it away right now.” Farmer was undecided and thought that: “what a shame to throw away such a beautiful stone if it is not a ominous thing.” The farmer hesitated for a moment, but finally decided to put it outside the house to see what will happen next.
Long long time ago, ancient state of Chu was planning a sudden military attack over the state of Song via a shortcut by crossing the River of Yong. To smooth the action, the military force marked the route for crossing the river in advance.
Confucius (孔子) had a student named Zeng Shen. One day, a man who also shared the name of Zeng Shen killed someone. The news was soon spread to the hometown of Zeng Shen, student of Confucius.
During the Spring and Autumn Period, a government official, Yu Boya was good at playing the strings. There was a connoisseur of music called ZhongZi who was good at appreciating and judging the meaning contained in the music.
In the ancient China, there were two brothers, Yangzhu (elder) and Yangbu. The two were good at writing poems thus they had a lot of friends.
Ancient Chinese culture teaches people to be kind and gentle. During years of famine, rich people will donate food and clothes to those who suffer from hunger and coldness; during the year of peace, rich people will approach another tradition to be kind, which is to set birds, fish and other animals free. People usually set the animals free on the Spring Festival, the beginning of the Chinese lunar year; this tradition is also known as “loving lives(爱生灵)”.
A disciple asked the master: “Can you talk about the quirks of human beings?”