1) 孔子聖賢之道 – 成人之美 (chéngrénzhīměi)

孔子聖賢之道 – 成人之美 :
如果我們看到別人做了一件好事,或者他的志願有可取之處,我們都應該幫助和成就他,或為他鼎力維持,或為他剖白冤屈,使他能有所成就,為社會作出貢獻。 人們大都不喜歡與自己性情行事不同的人,世間良善者多,但受外界影響,良善者往往難行良善之事,我們要盡力幫助成全,那些有心行善而遭人誹謗遇到困難的人,讓善事易成功,讓惡行減少,這是盛德的事。 成人之美:成全別人的好事;幫助別人實現願望。

The good the sake of others; desire to help others achieve.

Once there was a man named Wan Renshen (萬任賢). He was always making trouble for people. One day, he saw an old blind man, who said he did fortune telling.
“Grr.. you lie to people and get their money. See how I’m going to take care of you.” then, he stomped up to him and asked, “Okay. Why don’t you tell my future?”
“ yes. Okay. very well, pick a stick.” he shoved a cup with sticks in them in Wan Renshen’s face. He picked one.
“ Hm. How old are you?”
“ twenty-nine.”
“ Uh. According to this, your wife will get pregnant this fall and you will get a baby in summer.”
“ Really?”
“really!”
“You liar! I’m Wan Renshen and today I’m 29! Where do I get a wife? And where do I get a baby?!”
“ I-I-I got it wrong I’m not taking your money! I-”
Just then, Wan Renshen kicked the old man’s cup to the end of the street, destroyed his stand, and ripped his sign.
That formed a crowd. Children were crying, and a man yelled,
“ Wan Renshen! If you have any dignity then don’t bully this poor blind man!”
“Yeah! Exactly! You ruined his stand, so how is he supposed to make money for a living?!” another man yelled.
“He lies to people! I’m cleaning this up! What are you going to do about it?” Wan Renshen yelled.
Another man came up and said, “This man already has trouble begging for food and making money! you shouldn’t destroy his stand!”
“Yes. If there’s elders in need of help, we need to help them! And you destroyed his stand, so what good does that get you?”
Everybody nodded in agreement.
“ You always bully people! Don’t do it anymore!”
“ I.. I..”
“yeah! You always start a commotion!”
“ You never think of what you’re doing first!”
“ Yeah! He always bullys me!”
“ I..”
That night, there was a big rainstorm, with thunder and lightning.
The next morning,Wan Renshen came out yawning. Then, he saw his neighbor climbing on a ladder.
“ Niu Da! What are you doing?!” Wan Renshen asked.
“ Don’t play dumb! You have such a giant tree and last night it fell on my roof!”
Wan Renshen chuckled to himself.
“ Be careful to not fall on your butt or break your back!”
“ Shut up!” that’s when his neighbor lost his balance and fell to the ground.
“ ahh! My butt! My back!”
“Dad! Are you okay?” a voice asked from inside.
Wan Renshen laughed to himself . “I told you to be careful and you didn’t listen to me! Ahhaaha! It’s too funny!”
That’s when Niu Da stormed into his yard.
“Wan Renshen! How dare you interfere with my business! Watch how I take care of you!!”
He shook a fist at Wan Renshen. When he tried to hit him,Wan Renshen stopped his neighbor with a single hand, with no effort. And then he kicked him away.
“ AHhh!” he fell to the ground, and landed flat on his face.
“ Wan Renshen is hitting people! Run!” a few little kids yelled.
“ Wan Renshen ! My children are sick and I have no time to argue with you!When they’re all better, I’m going to beat you up!” Niu Da yelled.
“ Huh, they’re sick? A few days ago they were-”
“ Forget it. None of your business!” and Niu Da stormed out.
“ Wait! Niu Da! Open Up! If you don’t then your children are dead meat!”
“ Wan Renshen! I did nothing to you! Why do you keep bothering me?! If you keep blabbering I’m going to kill you!!”
Just then, two men came up behind Wan Renshen.
“Hmm. Many children have gotten this sickness.They can’t even get out of bed!”one of them said.
“ I know this sickness and the medicine that can cure it!”Wan Renshen yelled.
“ how do you know?”
“Because when I was little I got this sickness, and the doctor healed me! If it was just a little later, I would’ve lost my life!”
“Great! Could you show us the way to find the herbs?”
So the three went and Wan Renshen made the medicine at his house.
“ I’m going to deliver it now!” he yelled to the 2 men.
Wan Renshen knocked on everybody’s door, but when they saw him, they just shut the door on him, or said something mean.
Just then, he gave up and burst into tears.
“ Why does everybody hate me?! I’m trying to help them and they don’t even say anything, they just shut the door! And some of them even said mean things to me!!”
“ We should deliver it.” One of the men offered.
So they delivered it, and they were welcome everywhere.
“ Thank you! My child is running around again!”
“ They’re all healthy now! thank you!”
“ Actually, this isn’t our work. It’s Wan Renshen’s.”
“ ”What ? Him?” they asked.
“ He’s the one who showed us the way to the mountain and we picked herbs for the medicine. He cooked it at his house. ”
“I’m sorry, I misunderstood you.”a woman said. And everybody joined in.
“No I’m sorry! I’ve always did bad deeds and made trouble for everybody! please forgive me!”
Everybody laughed and from that day on, Wan Renshen was welcome everywhere.

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