Traditional Chinese Culture: Do Not Defend When Being Insulted and Do Not Fight With Anyone

Qing Yan

PureInsight | December 19, 2005

[] Zhi Buyi was born in Nanyang city during the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. – 260 A.D.) He worked as a royal court official during Emperor Wen's reign. One of his roommates went home with another roommate's gold by accident. The other roommate who lost his gold suspected that Zhi Buyi had stolen his gold.

Zhi Buyi was mistaken as a thief, but he didn't criticize or complain to anyone, nor did he try to defend for himself. He even bought gold with his own money to replace what his roommate had lost.

When the roommate who took the gold returned to work, he brought all the gold that he took them by mistake. Now the gold's owner felt really embarrassed for wrongfully accusing Zhi Buyi of theft.

Emperor Wen praised and promoted Zhi Buyi. At the royal court, in the presence of the Emperor, a work colleague slandered Zhi Buyi by commenting: "Zhi Buyi is handsome. It is a pity that he abused his good looks to seduce his sister-in-law." Such a slander would completely ruin one's reputation. It was extremely damaging to one's reputation and tremendously insulting to one's character. However, when Zhi buyi heard the false accusation and insult, he replied calmly: "I have no brother." It was so obvious that he didn't have any sister-in-law since he didn't have any brother.

Zhi Buyi is truly admirable for his lofty character. At that time people called him "an elder" which means a person who has good virtue. During the reign of Emperor Jing, Zhi Buyi was appointed to a top position in the royal court. Later on he was made Duke of Sai.

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