Change Yourself But Not The World 想改變世界,不如改變自己

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提 要
一個人能確實掌握的,是自己。自己的想法、作為,甚至是命運。遭遇阻礙時,不需要自怨自艾,也不必妄想阻礙會自動消失。唯有運用智慧、讓自己變強,才是解決問題、越過阻礙的辦法。
Long ago, people lived happily under the rule of King Bob. The people of the kingdom were on cloud nine as they led a very prosperous life with an abundance of wealth.
Once, King Bob decided to go visiting places of historical importance and pilgrim centers at distant places. He decided to travel on foot to interact with his people. People of remote places were very happy to have a conversation with their king. They were proud that their king had a kind heart.
After several weeks of travel, King Bob returned to the palace. He was quite happy that he had visited many pilgrim centers and witnessed his people leading a prosperous life. However, he had one regret.
He had intolerable pain in his feet as it was his first trip by foot covering a long distance. He complained to his ministers that the roads weren’t comfortable and that they were very stony. He said that he was very much worried about the people who had to walk along those roads as it would be painful for them too!
Considering all this, he ordered his servants to cover the roads in the whole country with leather so that the people of his kingdom can walk comfortably.
The king’s ministers were stunned to hear his order as it would mean that tens of thousands of cows would have to be slaughtered in order to get sufficient quantity of leather. And it would cost a huge amount of money also.
Finally, a wise man from the ministry came to King Bob and said that he had another idea. The king asked what the alternative was. The minister said, “Instead of covering the roads with leather, why don’t you just have a piece of leather cut in appropriate shape to cover your feet?”
It was astonished to King Bob by this suggestion and applauded the wisdom of the minister. He ordered a pair of leather shoes for himself and requested all his countrymen also to wear shoes.
This why instead of trying to change the world, we should try to change ourselves.
解 說
很久以前,人們在鮑伯國王的統治下過著幸福的日子。這個國度的人們非常快樂,因為他們的事業繁榮、豐衣足食。
有一次,鮑伯國王決定遠遊偏鄉,去參觀重要的史蹟與朝聖中心。他決定徒步旅行與他的人民互動。偏遠地區的人們很高興能與他們的國王對話,他們為自己的國王有善良的心而感到自豪。
經過數周的旅行,鮑伯國王回到宮殿。他很高興造訪問聖地,親眼目睹人民過著富足的生活。但只有一個遺憾。
由於這是國王第一次徒步長途跋涉,他的腳痛得無法忍受。他向部長抱怨道路遍布礫石,非常不舒服。他非常擔心那些不得不沿著這些路行走的人,因為這對他們來說也是痛苦!
考慮到這一切,他命令隨從,用皮革覆蓋全國的道路,這樣他的國民就可以舒適地走路。
群臣們聽到他的命令時驚得呆若木雞,因為這表示,為了獲得足夠數量的皮革鋪路,必須屠宰成千上萬頭牛,而且也會耗費巨額款項。
最後,一位睿智的閣員晉見國王,表示他另有想法。國王於是問替代方案是什麼。這位閣員說:「何不用一塊皮革剪成合適的形狀來包裹腳,省得用皮革覆滿道路?」
聽到這建議,國王宛如醍醐灌頂,並讚揚這位閣員的智慧。他為自己訂製一雙皮鞋,並要求他所有的同胞也穿上鞋走路。
這麼一來,不必試圖改變世界,我們應該做的是改變自己。

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