The Real Picture of Retributive Justice: Hatred and Grudges are from Conflicts of Interest

Compiled by Xiao Hui

PureInsight | July 30, 2007

[] Some people say that children who die in their early years are ghosts demanding payment for debts. There are real examples.

Lu Nan Chi said: One of the sons of Zhu Yuan Ting was very ill. Before his death he murmured: "You owe me nineteen liangs
of silver!" The physician saw that he was dying and sent someone to
cook some ginseng soup for him. When the ginseng soup was finally
ready, the son died before he could drink it. The price of the ginseng
soup was exactly nineteen liangs of silver.

Some people would ask: "There are so many people in the world and there
must be many children who die on any day. Are there so many people owed
debts in their previous lives?"

Here's what I think. The circles of birth and death of human beings are
just like moving wheels. The circulations of causes and effects are
like sands in the Heng River, which are too many to count. They are
also like clouds in the sky, which are changing all the time. All these
can not be explained by the usual rules. However, the general tendency
is that they are all caused from hatred and grudges, most of which are
due to conflicts of interest.

Lao Zi said: "The crowd is coming for its interests while it is going
back for the same." In people's whole lives, who will not be driven by
interest? However, the treasure in the world is limited and what a
person can enjoy in his life is also limited. If one gets some benefits
on this side, he must lose something on the other side. If profits are
gained at this step, then losses might be expected at the next. Some
people don't understand the arrangement and try many ways to fight for
their interest, which leads to hatred or gratefulness and then the
following retributive justice might even last generation to generation.
You can see many people who are trying hard to get more benefits, then
you know there are many claimants. Si Ma Qian said: "Hatred is
overwhelming for people!" A real gentleman rather believes there is a
creditor, or it would make people to think over and over.

(From Ji Yun (Qing Dynasty) The Notes in the Yue Wei Cao Tang)

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