Outlaws Of The Marsh Discover and Learn the Great Lessons From The 108 Heroes
Song Jiang, the leaders of the Liangshan rebels, who have sought to “deliver justice on Heaven's behalf”takes up the government's offer of an amnesty, believing that this will bring peace and unity to the country.
Water Margin also known as Outlaws Of The Marsh, is one of the "Four Great Classical Novels" of Chinese literature. The novel was written during the 14th century, although it is clearly based on older folk stories. Authorship is traditionally attributed to two authors, Shi Nai'an and LuoGuanzhong, who also wrote Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
The story is based on the adventures of a famous bandit, Song Jiang, who along with his companions surrendered to the Imperial authorities in 1121. The plot follows the various back stories of every one of the 108 outlaw protagonists, then their gathering together and finally their deaths while fighting a desperate battle on behalf of Imperial authorities.
Finally, the Emperor HuiZong meets the dead heroes of Liangshan in his dream. He awakes from his dream and orders an investigation into the deaths of the heroes, redressing their grievances and posthumously granting them honorific titles. Here are 12 lessons that we can learn from some of the 108 heroes :
Lesson # 1 : Deliver justice on Heaven's behalf Song Jiang is the chief of the outlaws, and an honest civil servant famous for his sense of justice and quickness to repair the faults of corrupted administration. He suffers in silence of the arbitrariness and corruption of the imperial justice. He is the unwilling hero of the novel.Later he replaced Chao Gai as the leader of 108 heroes. He teaches us to deliver justice and the situation will change for better.
Lesson # 2 : He that is afraid of bad luck will never know good Lu Jun-yi is one of the Three Remarkable Men of Hebei Province. Highly skilled in the martial arts, he has no equal with a cudgel. After Chao Gai's death, he becomes the first captain of Song Jiang's outlaws. He had been a rich man, but his houses and properties were seized by his wife and he was accused of the rebel. He teaches us to face with the bad luck in our lives and fight for good luck.
Lesson # 3 : Wisdom is knowing what to do next Wu Yong is the most clever of the strategists and a co-founder of the Liang-Shang Marsh gang. This scholar, friend of the Heavenly King, Chao Gai, is nicknamed The Wizard. He helped Chao Gai to rob the Lord’s Birthday Gifts and fled to Liangshan by Chao Gai’s help. Wu Yong teaches us to use wisdom to solve the problems. He said, “ Strategic planning is worthless -- unless there is first a strategic vision.”
Lesson # 4 : Acting is all about honesty Guan Sheng is a direct descendant of Guan Yu, a famous general of the Han Dynasty, he is called in reinforcement by the Empire when the Northern Capital, Daming, is attacked by Song Jiang. Wu Yong used the strategy to arrest him and he finally joined with Song Jiang.He teaches us that almost any difficulty will move in the face of honesty. When you are honest you never feel stupid. And when you are honest you are humble.
Lesson # 5: Patience and fortitude conquer all things Lin Chong works as a trained soldier, he is a great help during the episode of the Chained Cavalry and is the one who beats Ten Feet of Steel during the Attacks on Zhu Family Village. He was accused by the son of his general, because he liked Lin Chong’s beautiful wife. He was helped by Lu ZhiShen and was advised by Chai Jin to go to Liangshanmountain. He teaches us to wait and hope with patience, because he believes that if we have patience, we can have what we will.
Lesson # 6 : Communication works for those who work at it HuaRongis a son of a military commander that proved his loyalty to Imperial authority, HuaRong is the military commandant of the Fort Clear Wind. Close friend of Song Jiang, he sent many messages to tell our hero he would be welcome in his house. He had to go to Liangshan, because someone told the police that he helped the prisoner, Song Jiang. He teaches us that we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.
Lesson # 7 : Friendship is precious in the sunshine of life ChaiJin is a notable descending from the Later Zhou Dynasty royal family. His passion is to meet martial arts experts and to help them when they wander on Chinese roads and hide from the imperial justice. He is one of the captains of the gang, respected for his warrior's gifts as for his social status. Later he was accused by Government lord and was helped by Liangshan marsh. He worked as the accountant of the team.Chai Jin says, “There are big ships and small ships. But the best ship of all is friendship. ”
Lesson # 8 : Loneliness adds beauty to life Lu ZhiShen becomes a Buddhist monk and, later, a captain of the Liangshan outlaws... nothing except his quick temper and his hate for injustice. He travels alone for a long time, incarnating the quality of Loneliness. In spite of his many defaults, he is one of those likeable characters Chinese literature created. He helped Lin Chong to escape from the police and join Liangshan marsh together. He says, “Acting is the greatest answer to my loneliness that I have found.”
Lesson # 9 : Brave men are brave from the very first Wu Song is one of the most likeable heroes of the novel. Younger brother of Wu the Elder, he is as tall as his brother is small, as strong as the latter is weak. He is nicknamed the Pilgrim because he is used to wander alone disguised as a monk. He represents the Injury among the 36 Heavenly Stars. His only default is drinking too much and will get mad when drunk. He killed his elder brother’s bad wife, many bad people, and went to join with Lu ZhiShen at Liangshan Mountain.He teaches us to be brave and to take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.
Lesson # 10 : Be wise with speed Quickness is the quality represented by Dai Zhong in the constellation of Heavenly Stars. Able to run 800 hundreds of lis in a day, the Magic Messenger, will be very useful to Liangshan Po bold warriors. He can also transmit part of his powers to other heroes as long as they restrain from drinking wine and eating meat. If you want to be a successful runner, you have to consider everything. It's no good just thinking about endurance and not to develop fine speed.
Lesson # 11 : Be a faithful and loyal friend Li Kuiwould instead brandish his famous twin axes and hack his way through his foes. Li Kui was a fiercely loyal and filial man, respected for his unwavering beliefs. From tearing up the amnesty to foiling the Li Shishi, Li Kui’s controversies were usually preceded by a heavy drinking session. Li Kui is also sometimes associated with Zhang Fei from the Romance of the Three Kingdoms. He says, “If a man is not faithful to his own individuality, he cannot be loyal to anything.” He teaches us to be fiercely loyal to friends, and we will really cherish our friendships.
Lesson # 12 : You learn something every day if you pay attention Yan Qing was a grand student of Zhou Tong, the archery teacher of YueFei.He lost his parents at a young age and was brought up by Lu Junyi, who allowed Yan to work as a steward in his home. Yan Qing was extremely loyal to Lu Junyi and was Lu’s right-hand man. He teaches us to learn everything and implement some of them for better life. He says, “A single conversation with a wise man is better than ten years of study.”
Out of these 12 heaven stars, there are other 24 heaven stars and 72 earth stars that we can learn from them. All 108 heroes do lots of good deeds to help the poor by blundering the evil. Implementing these 12 lessons will keep you on the right track and move you towards your heart’s desire. You can also succeed in your life as a hero! Tao Zongwang, Nine-Tailed Turtle The relative of Barak Obama??? Song Qing, Iron Fan