The Sage and the Emperor

October 5, 2008

Based on something Dad said.

In time of peace, the sage gives direction. In time of war, the emperor issues orders.

The sage is loved but the emperor is feared.

When the sage walks by, the peasants wave hello. When the emperor walks by, the peasants fall on their faces bowing. But when they wave, the peasants are still working; when they are on their knees, the peasants can't do anything else.