Monday, September 10, 2012

Chinese proverb of the day


It’s The Tiger Behind The Fox That Possesses The Real Power

This proverb came from the Warring State era of China. During the Chu State’s peak, the Emperor found that most of the smaller states in the North were scared of one of his Generals, Zhao Xi Xu, and could not understand the reason why this was so. A Chancellor subsequently explained it, with the help of a story.  In the jungle, a tiger was wandering around seeking food and captured a fox. The fox said to the tiger that he was sent by God and he bet that the tiger would not dare to eat him. The tiger didn’t believe him and so the fox suggested that he could follow him around the forest and see how the rest of the animals would react. All the animals ran away as they saw the combination come forward and the tiger failed to realise that he himself was the real reason why all the other animals ran away.  He then believed that the fox was something truly special and sent by God. By using this story, the Emperor understood that it was not General Zhao that the smaller states were afraid of, but really, the Emperor himself. Today, the proverb is used to describe ‘small potatoes’ assuming someone else’s (big cheese) fame and power to benefit themselves.

3 Comments:

Blogger Eurodog said...

Hello WW, I am back.
Cunning Mr Fox!

1:08 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Welcome back ED! I missed you

1:34 pm  
Anonymous kinglear said...

I can't remember who it was but it was I think a Chinese business man who described himself thus:
The sun comes up on the veldt and the springbok starts running. If it doesn't run fast enough, it will be eaten by a lion. The lion awakes and starts running. If it doesn't run fast enough it won't catch the springbok and will die of hunger. So, sir, whoever you are, you better start running when the sun comes up....

4:57 pm  

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