Chinese Slave Redemption in 11th BC
We should ask ourselves whether relentlessly doing things well solely for our own peace of mind and benefits are ultimately a greater threat to overall well being of others than weighting the pro and cons upfront before any actions taking into macroscopic consideration and sometimes doing nothing might be a wiser choice. We are obsessed in the feeling good factors and didn’t prioritize on focusing in doing the right thing every time the first time of which perhaps is the most effective and efficient way.
We had a tendency of repeating the same mistake over and over again and hopelessly incapable of getting things straighten out correctly despite having abundant of precedence and advice within reach. We fail to think out of the box and prefer staying in our own comfort zone being a habitual being, getting by and accept compromises fooling ourselves this is the way it is and no other ways around.
The old believe everything; the middle-aged suspect everything; the young know everything.”
— Oscar Wilde,writer
One of the ancient China county dated 11th century BC had a magnificent and generous scheme for anyone to redeem slaves of the same statehood they come across in other states with own expenses upfront to get reimbursed later from the state treasury department so long one produces legitimate invoices. The redemption scheme had seen significant recovery results, reuniting families and solidifies the nationhood with strong bonds.
The contemporary scholar Confucius had many disciples, Zigong being one of his most favorite protege of whom is also a well established affluent businessman took the opportunities to demonstrate his superior nobility invalidating the relevant receipts in public upon “freeing” a slave he stumbled across during one of his field trip, making a head turning wide publicized statement of his willingness to absorb the expenses rather than burdening the local government. Upon returning home, Confucius made known of his displeasure of Zigong’s conduct and declined to meet up with him. Mystified, the depressed Zigong broke through the barrier and faced up his beloved master;
Confucius: “I am very disappointed in what your have done, despite you gaining popularity of nobility for yourself, you had greatly compromised the redemption scheme’s original intention and brought great harms to the community”. How ancient wise man , despite being lack of access to internet and information, outpaces modern man on the proper way one should carry himself having deep insights on all ranges of matters, drawing sensible judgement and capable of refraining from carrying out feel good actions knowing its potential repercussion if any.
Indeed, the complication of Zigong’s conduct had gone way beyond after the news went viral, its gives hesitations to many others who wanted to do good deeds by “freeing” slaves” going though the hassles willingly as they were caught in the dilemma; to claim from Government and risk being labeled as calculative or to absorb the sizable financial expenses, as a result, the scheme eventually lost the intended intentions and many more slaves lost the potential chances to be “released” and go home to their families. Zigong acted with good intention and overlooked on the unintended consequences of repercussion and crippled the whole system unknowingly. in fact, Zigong has become an unlikely culprit undermining State efforts to increase the pace of freeing her citizen from involuntary slavery as its society is in the face of weakening cohesion.
Even common folks who mind their own business tend to be far less accepting of its physical and social consequences if things got out of control due to an individual seemingly harmless conduct. Unfortunately it’s the ordinary people , far removed from the subjects who are bearing the brunt of unintended side effects, while those who are responsible for the origination of the troubles remain insulated from the backlash.
In addition, fleeting experiences of empathy redefine the self in terms of the collective and orient our actions toward the needs of others. Researchers believe that awe deprivation has had a hand in a broad societal shift that has been widely observed over the past 50 years: People have become more individualistic, more self-focused, more materialistic and less connected to others. Blocking out distractions can create an environment conducive to insights. So can having a positive mood. While many of the suggestions contain caveats, ultimately it seems that there are ways to be more open to these moments.
In summary, during its breakneck urbanization and modernization, China a traditionally Confucian country, with a history of reverence for hierarchy; emperors, officials and civilians all had their respective roles and lines are seldom crossed.- Has struggled to address how to accommodate they new swelling level of wealth while preserving good old Confucian values.