The greatest enemy of society is not the shrewd bad guy. To increase the cost of doing evil, the bad guys have their own constraints; increase the weight of cooperation, and the bad guys will choose. The most terrifying thing is precisely the large number of good people who lack common sense, vision, and wisdom. The greatest evil in the world is often rampant everywhere in the name of goodness.
Western proverb says: The road to hell is often paved with well-intentioned stones. In this world, there is never a shortage of overflowing kindness, but reason and restraint. When goodness runs unrestrainedly in the world without principles, it will become the greatest evil because it creates countless evil people in the name of goodness. Be a kind person, but not a blind kind person.
Russell said: “If reason does not exist, kindness is meaningless.” So please take care of your kindness. It is best to let it bloom roses and protect its beauty with thorns. Your kindness must be a bit sharp.
When goodness runs unprincipled in the world, it will become the greatest evil. Because it has created countless evil people in the name of goodness.
Kindness itself is not wrong, but it must be a bit sharp. The kindness of low IQ is not as good as the indifference of high IQ.
During the reign of Emperor Hui of Jin, there was a famine in one year. The people only ate grass roots and bark, and many people starved to death. Emperor Hui Jin was worried. The kind-hearted man wanted to do something for his people. After a lot of thought, he came up with the solution: “The people don’t have rice to eat, so why don’t they eat meat porridge?”
The first kind is blind kindness: “ignorance and ignorance”.
For example, in order to show their kindness, many people always go to release their lives in groups, put tortoises in the water and drown them alive.
There are always people who, after hearing some remedies, recommend them to patients everywhere as if they have picked up treasures, thinking that they are full of hope, but in the end the patients are greatly desperate.
The goodness of ignorance is not the true goodness——Socrates said: Ignorance is no virtue.
There is such a paragraph in “Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons”:
After a villager was eaten by a monster, the Taoist chief caught a ferocious-looking fish and said, “This is a man-eating fairy.”
Xuanzang told the villagers: “This is not a murderer.”
Dao Chang righteously cursed: “A good dad was killed by a monster, and you still said something like this, you…you are a bastard.”
The victim’s wife was extremely angry: “Have you ever died of your husband?”
So, the villagers who were angry with the group hanged Tang Seng up.
The second kind of blind kindness: “moral kidnapping”.
“Ethical kidnapping” is to think that you are on the side of kindness, and then unscrupulously judge other people or events. After Qiao Renliang committed suicide, Chen Qiaoen did not express his grief in time. Someone left a message on her Weibo: “Qiao Renliang is dead, why are you still not dead?”
This comment received thousands of likes.
In the name of love, many people have become “other people’s judges.”
When kindness becomes mandatory, it is no longer kindness. It is in the name of love that human beings have committed countless sins.
True kindness should be enlightenment and tolerance, not “I am right, you must listen to me”.
Things like this happen every day around us:
Your money was taken away by your roommate for no reason. When you are angry, someone will always stand up and say: “Oh, he may be in a hurry. Don’t be so stingy.”
You are often beaten up by your husband. When you file for a divorce, someone will always stand up and say: “For the sake of the child, just bear it!”
After the wicked trafficker is caught, when you clap your hands and cheer, someone will always stand up and say, “It’s all because of poverty. Otherwise, who wants to do this kind of thing?”
The third kind is blind kindness: “no distinction between right and wrong.”
This kind of virgin who does not distinguish between right and wrong has full sympathy for everything, ignoring logic, ignoring facts, ignoring justice, and praising unprincipled giving and forgiveness. This kind of unprincipled kindness is the greatest “evil” in the world. Its harm is that it not only confuses the public’s correct judgment of things, but also encourages real evil.
Hayek said: “When goodness loses its principles, it may be worse than evil.”
After graduating from university, Xiaoying rented a flat with a female colleague. But the girl was spoiled since she was little, and Xiaoying played the role of an old mother from the first day of the co-renting. And the girl does not buy vegetables, does not cook, does not clean the dishes, does not clean the room, like a princess.
Once, Xiaoying fell ill, and after lying in bed for three days, the room went into chaos for three days. On the fourth day, Xiaoying couldn’t bear it, got up and cleaned the house and washed the dishes. Two hours later, the girl brought the takeaway back. After eating, she threw the dishes into the sink again with a bang.
Xiaoying finally went crazy. As a result, the girl told people everywhere, saying how unkind Xiaoying was, and could not tolerate even this little thing.
Xiaoying burst into tears with anger. I said to her: All the sins you have suffered are what you are looking for.
The fourth kind of blind kindness: “stupid and self-abuse”, paying for the shame of others.
In “Wonderful Flowers”, Bo Bonni said: “kindness is very precious, but kindness does not grow teeth, it is weakness.” Kindness is not wrong, but it cannot be without a bottom line. If you have no bottom line, he has no principles. This is how power is produced, and so is arrogance. All the condescending, all the humiliation, are produced in this way.
The more kind people are, the higher the bottom line. Before things go bad, learn to have a moderate “zero tolerance”.
Song Renzong dealt with affairs late at night, tired and hungry, and wanted to eat a bowl of hot mutton soup, but he endured hunger and did not say anything.
The next day, the minister knew about it and persuaded him: “Your Majesty is working day and night. You must take care of your body. If you want to eat mutton soup, just order it at any time. How can you bear not letting the dragon body suffer?”
Song Renzong said: “If you ask for it at any time in the palace, it will be regarded as a routine from the outside. If I ate the mutton soup last night, the royal chef would slaughter every night. A year will require hundreds of them. This is a rule, and the number of slaughtered in the future is uncountable. To create such a bad example for my bowl of food, and it hurts my life, I would rather endure hunger for a while.”
This is the case with high-level kindness-it is a kind of wisdom, which is the best choice made after a complete understanding of the basic facts of things and a detailed examination of the law of development of things at the same time.
The little turtle climbed to the beach and was attacked by a seagull. A kind man drove the seagulls away and put the little turtles into the sea. The other small turtles got the wrong safety signal and came out of the nest. As a result, a large group of seagulls were besieged, and the small turtles were almost wiped out.
Is this person doing good or evil?
Be both a kind person and a wise person. Goodness without wisdom sometimes becomes an accomplice of evil. What is more kind than kindness is wisdom.
“Book of Jin” records: Eastern Jin minister Xi Chao and his father Xi Yan have a very different personality. Xi Chao and the general Huan Wen formed an alliance to seek imperial power. Because his father was loyal to the royal family, he did not dare to let his father know.
Xi Chao was critically ill. Knowing that he would soon be alive, he took out a bookcase and gave it to his protégé: “If my father is overly sad, give him the bookcase.”
After Xi Chao died, Xi Yan became sick with grief, and the disciple handed the bookcase to Xi Yan, and Xi Yan opened it and found that it was actually a letter from Xi Chao and Huan Wen conspiring to imperial power.
Xi was so angry that he jumped and cursed, and no longer missed Xi Chao, and the disease suddenly healed.
Xi Chao saved his father’s serious illness with the least cost.
This is the case with high-level kindness-it is not a self-harm, but an ability. It is not only the ability to understand the suffering of others as pain, but also the ability not to be contagious by low IQ and goodness. It is not only the ability to put yourself in an empathy, but also a deep insight into the evil of human nature. The ability to build on the suffering of others is a kind of ability to save others from water and fire without drowning oneself.
Socrates said: ignorant people are not qualified to do good. The ignorant kindness has only the outer garment of kindness and lacks the core of kindness. It may not only encourage evil, but also self-harm.
During the Spring and Autumn Period, the State of Lu stipulated: “Anyone who travels abroad and sees a native of Lu becomes a slave abroad can redeem him with money and go to the treasury to reimburse the expenses after returning to the country.”
Confucius’ disciple Zi Gong saw the Lu people as slaves outside, so he spent money to redeem them, but he did not go to the treasury for reimbursement. Many people praised Zi Gong for his noble character. After Confucius knew about it, he cursed Zi Gong.
Others find it strange: “Isn’t it noble if the ransom is not repaid?”
Confucius said: “It’s wrong. Zigong’s practice will result in more slaves who cannot be redeemed. In the future, when people see Lu people as slaves, they will think like this:’After I redeem the purchase, if I go to repay the bill, my character will be inferior to Zigong. No reimbursement. Well, I can’t afford it.’ So I had to pretend to be deaf and dumb not to redeem people. Zigong’s practice of not repaying the bill actually prevents more slaves from being redeemed and is harmful.
How far does Confucius see the development and change of things!
This is the case with high-level kindness-everything will be thought of from many angles. Not only from my own perspective, but also from the perspective of others, I even consider whether there will be a chain reaction of mistakes after doing things. Then it is possible to do one thing best, or to spread true knowledge to others.
Wang Meng said: “Kindness is a vision.”
The greatest enemy of society is not the shrewd bad guy. To increase the cost of doing evil, the bad guys have their own constraints; increase the weight of cooperation, and the bad guys will choose. The most terrifying thing is precisely the large number of good people who lack common sense, vision, and wisdom.
The greatest evil in the world is often rampant everywhere in the name of goodness. Western proverb says: The road to hell is often paved with well-intentioned stones.
In this world, there is never a shortage of overflowing kindness, but reason and restraint. When goodness runs unrestrainedly in the world without principles, it will become the greatest evil because it creates countless evil people in the name of goodness.
Be a kind person, but not a blind kind person. Russell said: “If reason does not exist, kindness is meaningless.”