Two Honest Officials with Good Upbringing
Two Honest Officials with Good Upbringing
Kuang Ye was the Secretary of the Defense Department during the Tianshun Era of the Ming Dynasty (1457 – 1464 AD). When he first started out as the assistant governor of Shaanxi Province, he quickly rose through the ranks because of his reputation as a hard-working and impartial official.
One time, he mailed his father a piece of red velvet fabric. It was an extravagant gift. His father saw what it was and returned the package to him untouched. He wrote a critical letter to his son: “You haven't done enough for the benefit of others or society, yet you send this extravagant gift! You are trying to ruin my reputation!” From then on, Kuang Ye worked hard to examine his own faults and become even more honest to the point of being incorruptible. At the end, he rose to the highest possible government position. People noted that Kuang Ye’s honesty and integrity was the result of his father’s strict education.
There was another high-ranking official named Zhu Shang. He was born in Shahe, in today's Gansu Province. He was a policy enforcer in Zhejiang Province during the Jiajing Era (1522 – 1566 AD).
At a time when it was common for government officials to have servants at home, Zhu did not even have a servant in his private residence. He took care of all the housework himself. His clothing was ordinary. He ate simple meals, nothing extravagant. People thought that he was worthy of admiration for his high standards.
One time, Zhu Shang’s father was transferred to the same area as an official. People were surprised to find that his father was even more noble than Zhu Shang was. At home, his father’s words and behavior continued to educate and inspire Zhu Shang to be honest and strict in dealing with work and others.
From the above we can see that, in addition to their inherent wisdom, Kuang Ye and Zhu Shang were honest and of good character to a large extent as a result of their strict family upbringing.
(From Seven Examples of Cultivation by Lang Ying in the Ming Dynasty)
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