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A Blind Man and His Guide Dog 盲人和他的导盲犬


Once upon a time, there are a blind man and his guide dog. Both of them, being hit by a truck, died tragically.

As they were on their way to Heaven, an angel stopped them with this, “There is only one place left in Heaven, therefore one of you has to go to Hell.”

blind and his guide dog 盲人和导盲犬

“Since my dog does not understand the meaning of Heaven or Hell, can I decide on his behalf?” the blind man asks.

The angel gave the man a disdainful look. She frowned and thought for a while. “I'm very sorry, Sir. All souls are equal. You two will compete for staying in heaven.”

The blind man was disappointed, “Oh, what is the competition about?”

The angel said, “It's easy --- a running race. You are going to run from here to the big gate of heaven. The faster one can stay. Don't worry. You are dead and not blind anymore. The speed of souls has nothing to do with bodies. The purer and more virtuous soul is, the faster the speed will be.”

The man thought for a second and agreed to it.

Thus starts the race. The angel thought the blind man would make a desperate dash to the gate. But the opposite turns out to be true. The blind man walks slowly. And surprisingly, the guide dog walks by his master at an equal snail pace. It suddenly dawns on the Angel that the guide dog, being in his profession for so many years, has got into the habit of being closeby its master. Even worse, this devilish master takes advantage of his dog's loyalty. When they are near to the end, he will tell his dog to stop, then he would have a walkover.

The angel feels sorry for the dog, calling out loudly, “You have devoted all your life to your master. He is not blind now and does not need your guide. Run, run to the gate.”

As if her words fall on deaf ears, both of them walk as slowly as before, just like they were walking on a street.

Exactly as the angel has expected, as they are just a few steps from the Heaven's gate, the master tells his dog to sit. The angel looks at the master with aversion, … expecting the worst will happen.

The man smiled and turned to her, “Finally I send my dog to heaven. What I worry about most is he doesn't want to go there at all and only want to be with me. So that's why I want to make the decision for him. Please take good care of him. ”

The angel was stuck.

The man looked at his dog. He was reluctant to leave. “It’s wonderful to make it by a race. As long as I command him to step forward, he will be in heaven. He has been my companion for years. This is the first time I can see him with my eyes. I couldn’t help walking slowly so that I could see him more. I hope the road will never end. But since the heaven is here, he should go where he belongs to. Please take good care of him.”

The man commanded the dog to go forward. As the dog put its first step in heaven, he fell like a piece of feather down to hell. The dog saw it and run to his master as soon as it could. The angel spread her wings, tried her best to chase and catch it. But the most virtuous and pure soul’s got the fastest speed, much faster than any angel’s.

The dog and the man were together again. Even in hell, it will guard its master forever.The angel stood there for a long long time and said, “I was wrong. They are two united souls. They can’t be separated.”

There is only one truth in this world. Why people see different results from it? It's because we never view things at a perfect right and fair angle. Sometimes we judge them on our own experience, likes or dislikes, and moral standards. Unexpectedly, we see feint.


一天,一个盲人带着他的导盲犬过街时,一辆大卡车失去控制,直冲过来,盲人当场被撞死,他的导盲犬为了守卫主人,也一起惨死在车轮底下。

主人和狗一起到了天堂门前。

一个天使拦住他俩,为难地说:“对不起,现在天堂只剩下一个名额,你们两个中必须有一个去地狱。”

主人一听,连忙问:“我的狗又不知道什么是天堂,什么是地狱,能不能让我来决定谁去天堂呢?”

天使鄙视地看了这个主人一样,皱起了眉头,她想了想,说:“很抱歉,先生,每一个灵魂都是平等的,你们要通过比赛决定由谁上天堂。”

主人失望地问:“哦,什么比赛呢?”

天使说:“这个比赛很简单,就是赛跑,从这里跑到天堂的大门,谁先到达目的地,谁就可以上天堂。不过,你也别担心,因为你已经死了,所以不再是瞎子,而且灵魂的速度跟肉体无关,越单纯善良的人速度越快。”

主人想了想,同意了。

天使让主人和狗准备好,就宣布赛跑开始。她满心以为主人为了进天堂,会拼命往前奔,谁知道主人一点也不忙,慢吞吞地往前走着。更令天使吃惊的是,那条导盲犬也没有奔跑,它配合着主人的步调在旁边慢慢跟着,一步都不肯离开主人。天使恍然大悟:原来,多年来这条导盲犬已经养成了习惯,永远跟着主人行动,在主人的前方守护着他。可恶的主人,正是利用了这一点,才胸有成竹,稳操胜券,他只要在天堂门口叫他的狗停下就可以了。

天使看着这条忠心耿耿的狗,心里很难过,她大声对狗说:“你已经为主人献出了生命,现在,你这个主人不再是瞎子,你也不用领着他走路了,你快跑进天堂吧!”

可是,无论是主人还是他的狗,都像是没有听到天使的话一样,仍然慢吞吞地地往前走,好像在街上散步似的。

果然,离终点还有几步的时候,主人发出一声口令,狗听话地坐下了,天使用鄙视的眼神看着主人,眼瞅着她料想的糟糕情形行将发生。

这时,主人扭过头笑着对天使说:“我终于把我的狗送到天堂了,我最担心的就是它根本不想上天堂,只想跟我在一起……所以我才想帮它决定,请你照顾好它。”

天使愣住了。

主人留恋地看着自己的狗,又说:“能够用比赛的方式决定真是太好了,只要我再让它往前走几步,它就可以上天堂了。不过它陪伴了我那么多年,这是我第一次可以用自己的眼睛看着它,所以我忍不住想要慢慢地走,多看它一会儿。如果可以的话,我真希望永远看着它走下去。不过天堂到了,那才是它该去的地方,请你照顾好它。”

说完这些话,主人向狗发出了前进的命令,就在狗到达终点的一刹那,主人像一片羽毛似的落向了地狱的方向。他的狗见了,急忙掉转头,追着主人狂奔。满心懊悔的天使张开翅膀追过去,想要抓住导盲犬,不过那是世界上最纯洁善良的灵魂,速度远比天堂所有的天使都快。

所以导盲犬又跟主人在一起了,即使是在地狱,导盲犬也永远守护着它的主人。

天使久久地站在那里,喃喃说道:“我一开始就错了,这两个灵魂是一体的,他们不能分开……”
  
这个世界上,真相只有一个,可是在不同人眼中,却会看出不同的是非曲直。这是为什么呢?其实,道理很简单,因为每个人看待事物,都不可能站在绝对客观公正的立场上,而是或多或少地戴上有色眼镜,用自己的经验、好恶和道德标准来进行评判,结果就是——我们看到了假象。


Never jump to a judgement of others. Be slow to talk while swift to think.

不要随便给一个人定性。说话时要慢,思想时要快。


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