The Lion King and the Farmer – Learning Self-Criticism

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One day, when the Lion King patrolled down the mountain, he met a farmer who complained. The farmer said that his corn had not yet fully ripened and had been spoiled by a group of monkeys coming down from the mountain. After hearing this, the lion king was furious and ordered the monkeys to compensate the farmer at the same price, then let the chief monkey and himself back to the palace.

The other animals saw this scene and were apprehensive. They saw that the lion king was suppressing his anger, and it seemed that this time it would be severely punished for the monkey.

However, no one expected the monkey leader to come out of the palace with a smile as if nothing had happened. All the animals saw the situation, all surprised.

On the way back to the palace, the lion king thought that if he criticized the monkey leader, he would not be able to accept it sincerely because the monkeys had no choice but to steal corn from the mountain. Since there was no food left in the animal kingdom, they did this to leave the only food left for their old, young, sick and disabled partners.

So, the Lion King first self-critically, saying that due to his limited ability, he was ashamed of not letting everyone live a good life, but the monkeys’ behaviour was also wrong.

As a result of the Lion King’s heart-to-heart conversation, the monkey leader was very moved, and the resistance in its heart disappeared.

Undoubtedly, because the lion king can first self-criticism, the monkey leader will be open-minded to accept advice. This shows that self-criticism is an art and a kind of wisdom in the world.

When interacting with people, the conversation must be skilful; criticism and blaming others also need skills. Because straightforward reproach often does not achieve the effect but easy to causes resistance; and understanding of others, patient, equal, frank exchange of views with their initiative to review their own will make the other party deeply moved, cause guilt, and thus sincerely recognize their mistakes. This kind of criticism that does not appear in the face of criticism can play a perfect role.

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