Today, I have brought you an article about famous officials of the Western Han Dynasty. Welcome to read it~
Dongfang Shuo was a favorite minister, who used to be a regular waiter and a doctor in Taizhong.
His knowledge is very rich, proficient, Confucian culture. But he is not a conservative man, on the contrary, he is an extraordinary Confucian.
For example, in order to attract the attention of Emperor Wu, Dongfang Shuo wrote 3000 pieces of bamboo slips in his self recommendation book (there was no paper in the early Han Dynasty, and the words were all written on bamboo slips). Besides expressing his own opinions, he also promoted himself.
It is said that the bamboo can only be carried by two people. It took Emperor Wu two months to finish reading it.
Attracted by Dongfang Shuo's talent, Emperor Wu immediately recruited him to become an official in the palace.
After entering the palace, Dongfang Shuo found that Emperor Wu was a ruthless and arbitrary emperor.
There is a saying: "accompany the king like a tiger", so tyrant on the stall. In order to protect himself, Dongfang Shuo decided to use humor instead of the "dead bar" way of voice.
It turns out that Dongfang Shuo has a special love for humorous "crosstalk" stories, maybe it's his talent.
In this way, he applied his ability to make suggestions and suggestions for the emperor, which gave people a different way to be an official, but very creative.
Emperor Wu of Han Dynasty liked his funny jokes very much. In his spare time, Dongfang Shuo began to play some kind jokes on the emperor, conveying a kind of suggestion in the jokes.
For example, when Dongfang Shuo saw that Emperor Wu was very fond of a group of dwarfs in the palace, he often gave them a big reward. Dongfang Shuo wanted to remind the emperor not to get involved in them.
Dongfang Shuo didn't directly give advice to Emperor Wu, but said to the dwarfs, "you dwarfs, please the emperor to watch plays all day and ignore the government. The emperor said that one day you will be killed!"
When the dwarf heard this, he was frightened and hurried to find Emperor Wu, kneeling down and pleading, "don't kill them.".
Emperor Wu was very puzzled. He asked who said he wanted to kill them. The dwarf said it was Dongfang Shuo.
Emperor Wu was very angry, so he called Dongfang Shuo to him and asked, "why do you want to scare these dwarfs?"
Dongfang Shuo said unhurriedly: "what talent these dwarfs have is to make the emperor happy, waste time, and the emperor also gives them a large reward.
The dwarfs are three inches tall, and the minions are eight feet tall. There are so many minions to be rewarded, and the minions have so few salaries. Will the emperor support them and starve them to death?
Emperor Wu laughed after listening. In this way, Dongfang Shuo seems to strive for salary silver for himself, but in fact, he keeps Emperor Wu away from these actors.
Emperor Wu suddenly woke up and drove the dwarfs out of the palace. At last, he raised Dongfang Shuo's salary.
Emperor Wu accepted his advice. Dongfang Shuo killed two birds with one stone. We have to say that Dongfang Shuo is very clever.
The two of them often entertain themselves. Liu Che laughs and rewards Dongfang Shuo with a sum of money. Dongfang Shuo is very rich.
According to historical records, Dongfang Shuo used all his money to marry his daughter-in-law when he was rich. He married one a year and changed it every year.
The question is, why does Dongfang Shuo change a new daughter-in-law every year?
I think there are the following reasons:
I. Dongfang Shuo's new daughter-in-law every year is to show her unique character.
In ancient times, it was rare to change a new daughter-in-law every year. It was estimated that only the emperor and the powerful officials could do it.
Dongfang Shuo's behavior belongs to a different kind. Only in this way can he conform to his character. Dongfang Shuo was envied rather than ridiculed and scolded. If he became a Baogong, he would be scolded.
Emperor Wu knows Dongfang Shuo, but he won't put him in the first place even though he is very fond of him. Because Dongfang Shuo's character doesn't conform to the mainstream social morality, Emperor Wu can't put him first.
It's just like dog meat is delicious, but it can't be served at the banquet. Dongfang Shuo breaks the pot and breaks it. Since it can't reach the highest level, it's better to make some drastic materials to increase its popularity and exposure.
2. Dongfang Shuo is a waste of money to change his daughter-in-law every year. His purpose is not to accumulate wealth, which is a way of self-protection.
Every time, Emperor Wu rewarded him with money, and he was his favorite minister. Once he had too much wealth, Emperor Wu would doubt his power.
If he has the economic ability, he has the ability to form cliques. In order to protect himself, Dongfang Shuo deliberately turns himself into a pauper, so as not to arouse the suspicion of Emperor Wu.
This is the same as the Prime Minister of the early Han Dynasty's "self - corruption and greed". (in order to avoid doubts about him, Xiao he deliberately covets the land of his neighbors and provokes people to scold him.)
Third, the officials of all dynasties must have a weakness: they must be greedy for power, money or lust. If there are none of these three, then when the emperor wants to be more vigilant, he must have greater greed, maybe he wants to seize the emperor's world.
Dongfang Shuo's new daughter-in-law every year is to show that he is an ordinary man and woman, and tell Emperor Wu that he has no ambition, just a flower.
To sum up, Dongfang Shuo didn't violate the law in ancient times when he changed his daughter-in-law every year. His style decided that he would not be condemned morally. Instead, it made people think that it was not Dongfang Shuo that didn't do this, which was caused by people's habitual thinking.
Besides, Dongfang Shuo is just a haiku of Emperor Wu at best. Why criticize him?
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