#1538 Jiang Taigong Fishing
Y: Xintao，what is the next line of Jiang Taigong Fishing?
X: A willing victim will take the bait.
Y: Do you know the meaning of this story?
X: When ordinary People fishing, the fishing hooks they pick are always bent with bait, and then put them into the water to seduce the fish to take the bait. However, the hook of Jiang Taigong is straight without any bait, and he won’t put them into water. Instead, the hook will be three feet above the water.
Y: How can he catch any fish?
X: What's more interesting is when he is fishing, he would hold his fishing pole and saying ,“Those fish who don’t want to live can take my bait if you want to.”A man collecting firewood by the stream side see this and tell him，“you are not gonna catch any fish by doing this even for 100 year.” As a matter of fact, what he did isn’t for the fish, but for the nobility. His strange move was heard by King Wen of the Zhou Dynasty Jichang. Jichang realized that this fisherman must be the pillar of society, so he abstained from eating meat for three days, took a shower and changed his clothes, bringing some expensive present to invite Jichang to work for him.
Y: I know what’s happening next. Jiang Taigong helps him and his son to overthrow the rule of King Zhouwang of Shang dynasty, and set up the Zhou dynasty.
X: So, the saying that Jiang Taigong fishing, a willing victim will take the bait is always been using to describe that somebody has got some special idea and ambition, wanting to do some big business.
--Translated by dragon@CSLPOD