虽然一生欣赏、尊重，狄仁杰也全心全意辅佐她，但是狄仁杰说到底是一个正统的儒家，他的心其实还在大唐那一面。武则天知道这一点，但是她也无可奈何。正统的儒家讲究忠孝，狄仁杰在这方面自然是无可挑剔的，与此同时，儒家是无法接受当权的。《尚书》说：“牝鸡之晨，惟家之索。”母鸡打鸣了，是一家的灾祸，所以自古中国就没有 君主，本就很稀少的几段女人当政时期也被看做是乱政时期，比如著名的西汉 。就连的 太宗也觉得女人当政是不可想象的事情。曾经有一次，新罗国善德女王派使者来求援，说高丽在打自己，请唐军援助。太宗坐在宝座上说了一大通，总之一句话：“尔国以妇人为主，为邻国轻侮，失主延寇，靡岁休宁。”谁让你们是女王当政呢，国家咋能有女主呢，要不邻国咋欺负你们呢?想想有意思，您可知道自己的后宫里就有个更厉害的角色吗?
Although she enjoys and respects her whole life, and di Renjie helps her wholeheartedly, in the end, di Renjie is an orthodox Confucian, and his heart is still in the Tang Dynasty. Wu Zetian knows this, but she has no choice. The orthodox Confucianists pay attention to loyalty and filial piety. Naturally, di Renjie is impeccable in this respect. At the same time, Confucianists can't accept women's power. "Shangshu" said: "the morning of the hen, but the home of the rope It is a disaster for a family when the hens are crowing. Therefore, there has been no female monarch in China since ancient times. The rare period when women were in power was also regarded as the period of disorderly government, such as the famous empress Lv of the Western Han Dynasty. Even his father Taizong thought that it was unthinkable for a woman to be in power. Once upon a time, Queen Shande of Xinluo sent an emissary to ask for help, saying that Gaoli was beating herself, asking Tang army for help. Emperor Taizong sat on the throne and said a great deal. In short, he said, "the country of Er is dominated by women, who are insulted by its neighbors. The owner of the country is Yankou, and the owner of the country is Xiuning." Who let you be the queen? How can a country have a female leader? Or how can neighboring countries bully you? It's interesting to think about it. Do you know that your harem has a more powerful role?
Di Renjie admitted that Wu Zetian was a great statesman and a legitimate monarch, but his assistance to the empress still troubled him, which he was very distressed about. It is said that when he later became prime minister, he went to visit his aunt outside Luoyang in a snowy day. This aunt always treated him coldly. Just at the door, when he came back from hunting, the cousin saw your cousin as prime minister, and left with a casual bow. His attitude was very arrogant. Di Renjie didn't care. He said to his aunt, "I'm the prime minister now. If my brother wants to be an official, I can help him." As a result, the aunt replied, "your aunt and I are just a son. I don't want him to serve the mistress." This is to satirize Di Renjie. It's said that at that time, di Renjie was very embarrassed, which reflected that he was not upright enough. Later we will see that this kind of mood runs through Di Renjie's life.
By the way, some readers may think that di Renjie is engaged in nepotism and cronyism. Indeed, what he assured his aunt was, by today's standards, nepotism. However, in the Tang Dynasty, officials above five grades had the right to recommend their own children. After a certain process, they could be officials, which was called the "door shade" system. Originally, all the people who recommended were close relatives, but over time, the atmosphere of recommending other relatives in the official arena spread and everyone was used to it. This is the malpractice of the rule of man. Aunt Tang's son is not within the scope of power, and di Renjie is suspected of abusing power. We don't need to hide this for him.
For Di Renjie, the idea of loyalty to the monarch and the idea of opposing women's power are intertwined, both of which come from his childhood education, which is very contradictory. Instead, unlike other dynasty changes accompanied by war and turmoil, Wu Zetian gradually established the great Zhou Dynasty in a gradual way. The relationship between the courtiers and the frog has developed for a long time. Many people can neither completely accept the new dynasty nor completely deviate from it, so as to make fierce resistance and martyrdom. It can be said that di Renjie was loyal to the Tang Dynasty all his life. This was loyalty to the country, and also to Wu Zetian. This was her personal loyalty. This is the main line of Di Renjie's life. When he helped Wu Zetian to run the country, he thought that he was loyal to Wu Zetian. When he laid pieces on his deathbed and even made arrangements for the coup in advance, he still believed that he was loyal and that he also wanted to protect Empress Wu's famous festival.
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