You know your shame

“Zhenguan Political Important” records that in the 7th year of Zhenguan, Emperor Taizong of Tang Dynasty Li Shimin visited Puzhou, and the governor of Puzhou Zhao Yuankai urged the local people to wear yellow gauze singles, decorate the facades of houses, welcome along the street, and prepare gifts such as sheep and fish as gifts. The “local products” of the entourage. However, Li Shimin, who admired frugality, was not happy and angry, so he called and counted: “This is the evil custom of the Sui Dynasty, and it cannot be repeated today. Know my heart and change the old attitude.” Yuan Kai was terrified and died without eating for a few days.”

From this, it is not difficult to see that Zhao Yuankai “died without eating for several days” because of a little mistake, which fully embodies his precious sense of shame.

Know the shame, and do it with shame. The interpretation of “shame” in “Modern Chinese Dictionary” is the inner shame caused by the damage of reputation. In history, there are many sages, sages, and benevolent people who have insightful views on “shame”. Confucius said, “There is shame in acting oneself”; Mencius said “The heart of shame is also the end of righteousness”; Zhu Xi said, “He who is ashamed, I am inherently embarrassed. If you lose it, you will enter the sage, and if you lose it, you will enter the beast… …” It can be seen that knowing shame is the inner standard of understanding good and evil, knowing right from wrong, and distinguishing beauty and ugliness, and it is also the internal mechanism and motivation that guides people to uphold the righteousness and eliminate evil in terms of moral quality.

It is impossible for a person to be perfect, and it is inevitable to say something wrong and do something wrong. But if you make a mistake, you should know your shame and guilt, and introspect and encourage yourself, so that you can reform and move on to the right path. Zhou Chu of the Jin Dynasty indulged in Ren Xia when he was young, and was a disaster for his homeland. The locals referred to him as the local “three evils” along with the Nanshan Tiger and Jiangli Jiaolong. But Zhou Chu had a sense of shame. After knowing that he was regarded as a disaster in the village, he changed his mistakes and worked hard, and was later recommended by the state government as an official. Because of the shame, Zhou Chu can recognize himself, abandon evil and do good, and eventually become a famous minister. The transformation of Zhou Chu, let us see the power of shame.

“Pain is no greater than not hearing it; humiliation is no greater than being shameless.” Needless to say, there are also some lack of shame in our social life. For example: opportunistic tricks, cheating, embezzlement, embezzlement, embezzlement and bribery; making fakes and selling fakes, harming others for profit… What is even more frightening is that some people do shameful things, not ashamed, but proud of them, and even treat them as one This kind of ability, a kind of “performance” to show off, until you are ruined and jailed. By then, I am afraid that it will be too late to regret it again.

Kang Youwei once said: “The beauty of customs is the shame of raising the people.” Shame is the basic expression of a person’s self-esteem and self-love. What we need to do now is to start with the treatment of some people’s “shame deficiency”, to reshape people’s hearts and sound moral conscience, so that the unconscious people will be aware of it, and the shameless people will be ashamed.