There was a man who boasted about himself because he had read some books.
He said while counting his fingers: “To this day, it seems that the saints are the hardest to find on earth. Pangu created both heaven and earth and gave birth to all living things. Who could compare to him? So I have to submit to him.” He lowered one finger.
Then he said: “After Pangu, there was Confucius, who mastered all arts and rituals. He was the teacher of all throughout the history. Who does not respect him? I have to give in to him.” Then he lowered another finger.
Then he went on saying: “Besides these two people, there is no one else whom I would lower my finger for.” Then he thought for a long time. Finally, he nodded and said: “Yes, it is very hard to be a saint. Including me, there are only three of us!”
About Good Laughs
Good Laughs (笑得好) is a collection of short stories edited by the Chinese doctor Cheng-Jin Shi (石成金) of the Qing Dynasty (1636-1912). This collection can be considered as the Chinese version of Aesop’s Fables. Dr. Shi was believed to have lived between the Kangxi and early Qianlong reigns. He also authored many other books on remedies for life and health.
Good Laughs is meant to nourish the heart with stories. In the preface, Dr. Shi wrote: “People are entertained by being sarcastic; I inspire people with sarcasm. It entertains the heart, but it can also save a life like acupuncture.”