Repaying Ingratitude with Selfless Justice
(Clearwisdom.net) Jin Zhong served as the Minister of Defense during the Ming Dynasty. He was tolerant, generous and selfless. He always spoke highly of the good things he saw in others, and praised their merits even when they opposed him.
Before Jin Zhong became an official, a man from his hometown once humiliated and embarrassed him. After he became the minister, the man came to the capital as a lower official. When he learned that the minister was Jin Zhong, whom hed once humiliated, he was pale with fright, yet Jin Zhong still recommended him for a promotion.
Someone asked Jin Zhong, "Dont you resent him?" He replied, "Because I saw he was capable, I offered him the position. How could I deny his strengths for the sake of my personal resentments?"
The sages have all praised and advocated tolerance over grievance, and consider it a remarkable virtue. Confucius said, "Repay ingratitude with justice." Justice means fairness. Didnt Jin Zhongs actions epitomize this concept? Lao Zi also said, "Repay ingratitude with goodness," which is a higher requirement for people.