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Today I am going to tell a story behind the Chinese idiom 梁上君子 liáng shàng jūn zǐ, hope you enjoy it. (成语 chéngyǔ)
In the Eastern Han Dynasty, there was a man named Chen Shi (陈寔). One day, a thief slipped into his living-room. Hiding behind the beam, the thief waited for Chen Shi to fall asleep. Chen Shi, finding the thief, called his family together, saying, "To be a upright man one must have aspirations. Men are not born evil. But if one gets used to doing evil things, it will be hard to reform. The gentleman above the beam is such a man." The thief, hearing this, hurriedly jumped down and knelt on the ground to beg forgiveness.
This idiom is used to refer to a thief, a burglar. And now it also refers to a person who divorced from reality.
thief: 小偷 xiǎo tōu
burglar: 夜贼 yè zéi，窃贼 qiè zéi
a person divorced from reality：脱离实际的人 Tuōlí shíjì de rén
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