Friday, 26 August 2016

Draw Cakes To Allay Hunger--Hua-Bing-Chong-Ji

The Chinese of Draw Cakes To Allay Hunger--Hua-Bing-Chong-Ji is 画饼充饥.
During the Three Kingdoms period, there lived a forthright and capable official named Lu Yu (卢毓) in state Wei. His childhood was very miserable. He lost his parents and two older brothers successively when he was a little boy.Thus he had to undertake the task of supporting his sister-in-law and nephew through a extremely difficult time.
However, despite all hardship, he studied very hard all the time.
When he grew up, his noble deeds and depth of knowledge was already well known throughout the state. At that time, the selection of government officials mainly depended on the recommendation of local Magistrates and some influential gentlemen, and they tended to recommend those with good reputation. Naturally, Lu Yu found favor with them and obtained a position in the government in which he worked hard and soon won trust of the Emperor.
Although the then selection and appointment system could sometimes find some really talented men like Lu Yu, it had a great drawback, that was, many famous persons were not worthy of their reputation, which had been bothering the emperor. One year, the Emperor needed to assign some important high officials. When asking Lu Yu for possible candidates, he said: "the selection of government officials should not rely solely on one's fame. Fame is just like a cake drawn on the ground. It may look good but does not allay one's hunger."
Lu Yu, though a direct beneficiary of the system, also realized its problem, but he had his own opinion. He said: "You Majesty, it is true, selecting officials on their fame cannot find remarkable genius, but it is good enough to find decent gentlemen who has well behaved and thus get good reputation. The real problem is we don't have an effective check-up system. If we could evaluate them, we would find who are capable and who are not."
The Emperor agreed with his words and ordered to set up a evaluation system.

Writer Comment:

Now the idiom of Draw Cakes To Allay Hunger--Hua-Bing-Chong-Ji is used to describe someone who uses fantasy to satisfy himself or other

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