11. Resolving to Be Different
Splitting up the family and fighting over the family wealth is an act which destroys the virtue of moral obligation. Yet people in this world had still not awakened to this. Following the world's unwholesome trend, some people cast aside their parents in the fight for the family wealth; some shouted and argued to split up the family because of their wives, thus hurting the relationship among brothers; some even committed murder for money. The worthless sons created such grief in the family. Instead of glorify ing the family, they ruined the family reputation and disgraced the ancestors. However, this conduct of "splitting up the family and fighting for wealth" was going on everywhere. It seemed to have become a trend. People were so used to it that they didn't see it as strange. Let's think about it. Was this not a pitiful thing? The ancestors must have grieved. Therefore, Good Man Wang resolved to be "someone different." He would not fight for the family wealth, and under certain circumstances he would not listen his wife. In Lao Zi's Chapter of Response, it is said, "Listening to the whispers of wife and concubine, one will do things against the parents' instruction. Being greedy for wealth, one will cheat his superior." Even though Good Man Wang did not have any education, he had a wholesome nature, was dutiful and loyal at work, provided for his parents and performed filial piety, treated his brothers with respect and courtesy, was considerate of his relatives, moved and converted his people, respected the elderly, and was kind to children.
12. Always Resolving to Glorify the Family and Ancestors
When Good Man Wang was working for the elder Mr. Zhang at Ten Li Platform, since he was related to the elder employer, he heard a little about the life of his great grandfather.
Good Man Wang often used to say, "My great grandpa was a scholar, very familiar with the Four Books and the Five Classics. He was very skilled at reciting poetry, matching couplets and writing good calligraphy. Every year during the twelfth lunar month, as Chinese New Year was approaching, the stores and wealthy families in neighboring towns would rush to ask him to write couplets to hang on their doors. Therefore, whether far away or close by, there was no one who hadn't heard of his name.
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