A Thought for This Day

Once Confucius and his disciples on the side of Mount T’Ai heard a woman wailing in mourning.  Confucius approached her and asked the reason why she wept. She replied, “My husband’s father was killed here by a tiger, my husband too, and now my son has met the same fate.”

“Then why do you stay in this dreadful place?” Confucius asked.

“Because there is no oppressive ruler here,” she replied.

Confucius turned to his disciples and said: “Learn from this that an oppressive ruler is crueler than a tiger.”

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