Historical Tale: Jiang Xinkui Losing His Son

PureInsight | March 26, 2006

[PureInsight.org] During the 54th
Year of Emperor Qianlong's reign, Jiang Xinhui became the governor of
Yiliang County in Diannan. A murder took place in the county. The
victim was from a poor family. The person who had committed the murder
was from a wealthy and powerful family, which offered to bribe Jiang
Xinhui to make the case go away. Jiang refused to accept the bribe, but
his son accepted the bribe secretly without telling him about it.

Several months later, the Jiang family planned to build a garden. The
son went to the mountain with others to collect stones for the garden.
A large rock fell on him, and he died instantly. Jiang Xinhui was
heartbroken. Then someone told him about how his son had accepted the
bribe secretly. Jiang gradually got over his grief. He decided not to
hide what his son had done and instead let people talk about it openly.

There is a Chinese idiom, "Dirty family secrets shouldn't be exposed to
the outside." Even though Jiang Xinhui loved his son, he understood the
principles of how to be a human being even more and wanted to use what
had happened to his son to promote the principle of "good is rewarded
with good, and evil is met with evil."

From Records at the Northeastern Garden

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