Historical Story: The story of crossing a river and tearing down a bridge


Cheri Timur, the Minister of the Yuan Dynasty, was shrewd and capable in handling official affairs and good at making decisions. One year, he worked in Zhejiang and happened to hold the imperial examination in the provincial capital. He witnessed the exam. From the government to the examinees, he spent a lot of money, and there was inevitably malpractice. He secretly made up his mind to urge the court to abolish this system until he mastered power. Later, he was promoted to the position of Zhongshu Pingzhang, which was equivalent to the deputy prime minister, and he sued Emperor Shun of the Yuan Dynasty for the abolition of the imperial examination system. China’s imperial examination system has been implemented for more than 700 years since the Sui and Tang Dynasties. It is a very important thing to abolish it, which has aroused great repercussions in the dynasty. Master Boyan expressed his support, but many opposed it.

Historical Story: The story of crossing a river and tearing down a bridge

A censor was firmly opposed to abolishing the imperial examination system. He asked Emperor Shun to punish cheritomo’s crime. Unexpectedly, although Emperor Shun was very fatuous, he was in favor of abolishing the imperial examination system. Therefore, instead of supporting the censor, he demoted him to other places as an official. Soon, he ordered people to draft an imperial edict abolishing the imperial examination system and prepare to issue it. Before the book was issued, Xu Youwang, who was slightly lower than Pingzhang, came out to oppose the abolition of the imperial examination system.

He said to Boyan, “if we abolish the imperial examination system, talented people in the world will resent.” Boyan said tit for tat: “if we continue to implement the imperial examination system, there will be more people who corrupt and pervert the law in the world.” Xu Youwang retorted: “when we didn’t implement the imperial examination system, aren’t there many people who corrupt and pervert the law?”

Boyan satirized him and said, “I think there are too few useful materials among the Zhongju people. Only you can be appointed when you participate in politics!” Xu Youwang was unconvinced and cited many senior officials who were Zhongju at that time to refute bo’e. Boyan certainly wouldn’t change his point of view, so the two argued fiercely. The next day, the civil and military forces of the Manchu Dynasty were called to listen to the imperial edict on Abolishing the imperial examination system issued by the emperor. Xu Youwang was specially insulted and informed to listen at the head of the class.

It seems that the emperor deliberately wanted the opponent to understand the imperial edict. Xu Youwang was very unwilling, but he was afraid of offending the emperor and being harmed, so he had to kneel down in front of all officials to listen to and read the imperial edict. After listening to the imperial edict, all officials returned to the house one after another. Xu Youwang bowed his head and walked unhappily. A royal historian named Puhua came up to him and mocked him in his ear. “You’ve become a man who takes part in politics.

What this means is that you Xu became an official through the imperial examination. Now you read the imperial edict on Abolishing the imperial examination system. You knelt in the front and seemed to be the leader of abolishing the imperial examination system, just like a person tearing down the bridge after crossing the bridge. After hearing this, Xu Youwang was ashamed and hated and stepped away. Then he stopped going to the court on the pretext of illness.

Crossing a river and tearing down a bridge means that when you cross the river, you tear down the bridge. It is a metaphor for kicking away those who have helped you.

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