Zi Han refused to accept it

Master 0sifu Folktale Zi Han refused to accept it

Master 0sifu Folktale: Zi Han refused to accept it

A farmer in the state of Song once got a piece of stone with jade in it. He presented this stone to Prime Minister Zi Han.

宋国人有个农夫得到一块含宝玉的石头后,将它献给了相国子罕。

 

But Zi Han refused to accept it. The farmer explained, “It looks like just a stone, but there is jade inside. It actually is a piece of treasure and suitable for honorable men like you, not for us common people.”

子罕拒绝接受这块石头,农夫解释说:“表面上它是块石头,但里面含有宝玉,是个宝物,适合您这样的贵人使用,我们普通百姓用它就不合适了。”

 

“I know there is jade inside,” Zi Han said, “but I disagree with you. I think to have the virtue of declining things that do not belong to oneself is the real treasure.”

子罕说:“我知道里面是宝玉。但我的观点和你不同,我认为具有不接受不应得的东西的品德才是真正的宝玉。”

 

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