The People Followed King Wen of Zhou Because He Cared Even for the Dead

October 31, 2011 at 9:00 am | Posted in Asia, Culture, Discoveries, Discussion, Good Advice, Life Lessons, Moments from History, Reflections, Relevance to Today, Stories from China | Leave a comment
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By Zheng Nianxiang

( Before Ji Chang became King Wen of the state of Zhou, he was a marquis. One day he went to the countryside accompanied by officials who worked for him and saw the bones of dead people on the ground. He immediately ordered that the bones be properly buried.
One official said, “No one knows to whom these bones belong. Why bother?” King Wen replied, “The head of state is also the owner of the state. These bones appear on the land under my jurisdiction. Hence, I am responsible for providing them with a proper burial. It would be inhumane not to do so.”
Other citizens, who heard what King Wen had done, said, “If he is willing to care for the dead, he should care for the living as well.”
The story of King Wen’s deeds spread to many marquises who decided to declare allegiance to him. The total number of marquises joining King Wen exceeded 40 and King Wen’s territory covered two thirds of the land known to people at that time. This story indicates that a successful ruler should be a benevolent person and his administration should hold itself a high ethical standard. Hence, historians regard Lord Wen as the role model for others in power.
China has a long and colorful history. Throughout Chinese history it has been stated that the most important creed for a ruler is to love and care for his people. He should implement benevolent policies and gain the support of his citizens. However, this can only be achieved if the ruler has a benevolent character. Thus, the personal character of the ruler is of paramount importance. As the ruler of a country, if he cannot institute benevolent policies to help his people, he won’t be considered a successful or a wise ruler. For this reason all distinguished rulers throughout Chinese history cultivated their character and implemented benevolent policies.
Currently, the ruler in China is completely different from all of the historically distinguished rulers. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) does not accept the existence of divine beings. Instead of implementing benevolent policies, the CCP encourages fighting against nature, against the environment, and against people who do not agree with its policies. Over the past 60 years, such policies of hatred have caused at least 80 million premature deaths. For over a decade the CCP has been persecuting Falun Gong practitioners for practicing Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance. It is believed that the days of the CCP are numbered because of its heinous crimes.
Posting date: 9/9/2011
Category: Traditional Culture
Chinese version available at文史漫谈-周文王泽及枯骨-天下归心-245265.html


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