Confucius in Confusion

By Joseph Mattappally on 25-11-2017

Confucius was on a long journey to another country; he came upon two children seriously arguing between them. Confident of the vast knowledge he has, he asked them to tell him the reason of the quarrel.

“I proved,” said the first boy, “that the sun is near to us at daybreak and far away from us at noon.”

The second boy jumped in saying, “The sun is far away at dawn and nearby at midday.”

“When the sun first appears,” said the first boy, “it is as big as the canopy of a carriage, but at noon it is only the size of a plate or a bowl. Well, isn’t it true that objects far away seem smaller while those nearby seem bigger?”

“When the sun comes out,” pointed out the other boy, “it is very cool, but at midday it is as hot as putting your hand in boiling water. Well, isn’t it true that what is nearer to us is hotter and what is farther off is cooler?”

Confucius was unable to settle the matter for them. The two children laughed at him shouting, “Looks like a learned…but poorer than a beggar.”

The great learned, quite unmoved by these comments, walked on. He taught the world another piece of wisdom through just being silent, when he was very much asked to talk.

The wise, communicates more in silence than with words.

About The Author

Sri. Joseph Mattappally

Sri. Joseph Mattappally, Founder and Director of Indian Thoughts, is a writer and social worker. He is also a Reiki Master (RIRC Mumbai) and licensed Amateur Radio Operator ( VU2JIM). He has authored 'Success Secrets', a book detailing basic life management principles.