From Ancient China
To Depend On
once was an old man aged 50, who had a lazy son aged 30. The son could
not earn his own living, and still depended on his old father for
food and clothing.
old man was very worried about him, so took him to the fortune teller
to have his fortune told. The father and the son both believed the
fortune teller's prediction that the father would live to 80 and son
having found out how long they were going to live, the son was very
sad. His father comforted him. "Do not be sad! You are only 30
now, and still have 32 years of good days ahead of you."
am not worrying about my own age. It is just your age which cause
me great worry," the son said.
hearing his words, the father was deeply moved, and in tears he said,
"Don't worry about me so much! I've got 30 years ahead of me
not worried about your age either," said the son, "I have
figured out that you'll die two years earlier than I. So who will
I depend on in these two years after you die?"
and Translated by Liu Jiangting et al.)