Category Archives: Chinese Philosophy

Classical Chinese philosophy and stories: Neighbors and jade (邻人献玉)

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.

Classical Chinese philosophy and stories: Collect birds and set them free

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)”.