What to Leave to Our Children?

Lin Zexu, who burned the opium stocks in Humen during the Opium War, said:

“子若强于我,要钱做什么?子若不如我,留钱做什么?”

现代白话文:
“子孙如果像我一样卓越,那么,我就没必要留钱给他,贤能却拥有过多钱财,会消磨他的斗志;子孙如果是平庸之辈,那么,我也没必要留钱给他,愚钝却拥有过多钱财,会增加他的过失。”

In English:
“If my children and grandchildren are as extraordinary as me, then I don’t need to leave money for them, because too much money kills the fighting spirit of talented people.

If my children and grandchildren are mediocre, then I don’t need to leave money for them. Being dull but having too much money will increase his fault.“

What did Lin Zexue leave to his descendants? Virtuous and wisdom.

#life#ancientwisdom#love#peace#unity#authenticity#chineseculture

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/helenqiuhong_life-ancientwisdom-love-activity-6800442413912612864-zN09

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