作者 | 马小秋
The author | Ma Xiaoqiu
I read a very touching personage introduction article through WeChat Moments. The article is about an ordinary yet great Chinese named Dean Lung who is illiterate and has not skills. He was sold to the United States for a living 100 years ago. There he became a household servant for Horace Walpole Carpentier, a famous general in the United States.
Although General Carpentier was prominent, he had various bad habits. He was miserly and bad-tempered and used to beat and curse servants brutally after getting drunk. All the servants chose to leave in face of such a prominent yet seriously uncultivated master, but Dean Lung, with his kind, considerate and loyal heart, said the most touching words: “Although you really have a bad temper, I think that you are a good man after all. Chinese Confucius once said, ‘Try your best to do what is entrusted to you by others’. One should be loyal.” This is the reason why Dean Lung didn’t choose to leave. This wise choice arises from his father’s teaching through words and deeds. This shows how important family education is.
Although Dean Lung’s father was too poor to raise his children, he was educated by his ancestors and passed on his most important life wisdom to his son who benefited in his whole life and achieved an ordinary yet great life. The acquaintance between Dean Lung and General Carpentier when he was sold out also resulted from the merits and virtues of his ancestors.
With his loyalty and consideration, Dean Lung moved and changed General Carpentier who later pushed forward and accomplished the establishment of East Asian Faculty (Sinology Faculty) in the world-renowned Columbia University.
At last I’d like to say that Dean Lung has nothing to do with any religion. His wisdom and loyalty originate from the teachings by his illiterate ancestors generation after generation through by words and deeds. Truth has nothing to do with belief or religion. The existence of truth is exactly the original reality of things. Any slavish religion is not more real than the current thought. Tao follows nature. There were no words for reading in the original natural world. Later words are created for us to read to understand the profound meanings behind them.
编辑 | 庞志 翻译| 王婷婷 图片 | 来源网络