Home China Chinese History: Song Dynasty Ambassador Suffers for Selfish Deeds

Chinese History: Song Dynasty Ambassador Suffers for Selfish Deeds

There was a man named Wang Shao, who lived during the Song Dynasty in China. In order to be promoted to a higher governmental rank, he asked the emperor for the authority to increase the country’s territory.

After his wish was granted, he assembled a large number of troops to invade Gansu Province. During the conflict, his troops killed many innocent people, including women and children. Because of his victory, he was appointed ambassador by the emperor; however, he always felt discomfort in his heart about his deeds.

One day while at the Ganlu Temple, he encountered Diao Jingchun, whoa fortune teller. (Image: wikimedia / CC0 1.0) CC BY 3.0)
One day while at the Ganlu Temple, he encountered Diao Jingchun, who was a fortune teller. (Image: wikimedia / CC0 1.0) CC BY 3.0)

One day while at the Ganlu Temple, he encountered Diao Jingchun, who was a fortune teller. Wang asked him: “If I follow orders to kill people, am I guilty of crimes?” Diao replied:

Not wanting to admit his true feelings, Wang persisted in saying: “I think my behavior was decent and right.” Diao replied:

Wang was stunned speechless by these words, and his face turned pale.

Wang’s heart was troubled by what he had done and fear troubled him for the rest of his life. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)
Wang’s heart was troubled by what he had done, and fear troubled him for the rest of his life. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Later, Wang’s health declined and he became extremely ill. He often covered both of his eyes with his hands in fear, and whenever he was asked to open his eyes, he would answer:

Those were the ghosts of the innocent people killed by him.

Wang’s heart was troubled by what he had done, and fear troubled him for the rest of his life. He eventually realized that he was unable to cheat his heart and conscience through the deeds he committed to improve his position in life.

Follow us on Twitter or Subscribe to our weekly email

Vision Times Staff
Vision Times is a kaleidoscopic view into the most interesting stories on the web. We also have a special talent for China stories — read About Us to find out why. Vision Times. Fascinating stuff.

Most Popular

Justice Department Dismisses Reports That It Stopped Election Fraud Investigation

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued a statement clarifying that it has not stopped investigating election fraud, with a Justice Department spokesperson noting...

Hong Kong Sentences Democracy Activists for Violating National Security Law

On Dec. 2, a Hong Kong court sentenced pro-democracy leaders Joshua Wong,  Ivan Lam, and Agnes Chow Ting to 13 1/2 months, 7 months,...

Daimler Announces Plan to Manufacture Engines in China, Forgoing German Production

Stuttgart-based auto giant Daimler announced on Nov. 20 plans to begin joint production of hundreds of thousands of next-generation combustion engines for use in...

William Stanton, a Retired American Diplomat Who Is in Love With Taiwan 

William Stanton, former director of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and current Vice President of the National Yang Ming University, remained in Taiwan...