Sun the Ice
Once a simpleton's wife told him to buy some ice.
Two hours later, he didn't come back. She wanted to know why he didn't come back and went out to have a look. She saw he was standing in the sun at the gate and watching the ice melting.
"What's the matter?" She asked him. "Why don't you bring it in?"
"I saw the ice was wet and I was afraid that you would scold me so I'm running it dry." The simpleton answered.
Zeng Zi was one of Confucius' students. Once, Zeng Zi's wife was going shopping. Because the child was crying loudly, she promised the child that she would kill their pig to treat him after she returned home.
After she returned, Zeng Zi captured to butcher the pig. His wife stopped him, saying "I was kidding the child." Zeng zi said: "There is no kidding with the children, because they know little and they usually imitate their parents and follow their instructions. If you cheat them, it is the same as teaching them to cheat the others." So Zeng Zi killed the pig.
He knew that sincerity and keeping one's words are the essentials of conducting oneself. If he broke his words, he might keep his pig, but he would leave a unforgettable shadow in his child's heart.
Mike and the Pot
One day, Mike's mother needed a pot. She asked Mike to borrow one from her friend. So Mike went to the friend's house. She gave him a big pot. On the way home Mike put it down on the road and looked at it. It was made of clay and had three legs.
Then he said to the pot, "You have three legs and I have only two. You can carry me for a few minutes." Then Mike sat down inside the pot. But the pot didn't move.
Mike got angry and broke it then carried the broke pot home. His mother was angry. "You are stupid." She said. But Mike thought, "I'm not stupid. Only a stupid person carried something with three legs."