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Making His Mark


A man from the state of Chu was crossing a river. In the boat, his sword fell into the water. Immediately he made a mark on the boat.

"This is where my sword fell off," he said.

When the boat stopped moving, he went into the water to look for his sword at the place where he had marked the boat.

The boat had moved but the sword had not. Is this not a very foolish way to look for a sword?

刻舟求剑(kèzhōuqiújiàn)

战国(zhànguó)时(shí),楚(chǔ)国(guó) 有(yǒu)个人(gèrén)坐船(zuòchuán)渡江(dùjiāng)。船(chuán)到(dào)江心(jiāngxīn),他(tā)一不小心(yíbùxiǎoxīn)把(bǎ)随身(suíshēn)携带(xiédài)的(de)一(yī)把(bǎ)宝剑(bǎojiàn)掉落(diàoluò)江(jiāng)中(zhōng)。他(tā)马上(mǎshàng)掏(tāo)出(chū)一(yī)把(bǎ)小刀(xiǎodāo),在(zài)船舷(chuánxián)上(shàng)刻(kè)上(shàng)一(yī)个(gè)记号(jìhao),说(shuō):“这(zhè)是(shì)我(wǒ)宝剑(bǎojiàn)落水(luòshuǐ)的(de)地方(dìfāng),所以(suǒyǐ)我(wǒ)要(yào)刻(kè)上(shàng)一(yī)个(gè)记号(jìhao)。”

船(chuán)靠岸(kàoàn)后(hòu),那(nà)出任(chūrèn)立即(lìjí)从(cóng)船上(chuánshàng)刻(kè)记号(jìhao)的(de)地方(dìfāng)跳(tiào)下水(xiàshuǐ)去(qù)捞取(lāoqǔ)掉落(diàoluò)的(de)宝剑(bǎojiàn)。捞(lāo)了(le)半天(bàntiān),仍(réng)不见(bújiàn)宝剑(bǎojiàn)的(de)影子(yǐngzi)。

其实(qíshí)他(tā)又(yòu)怎么(zěnme)找(zhǎo)得到(dédào)宝剑(bǎojiàn)呢(ne)?船(chuán)继续(jìxù)行驶(xíngshǐ),而(ér)宝剑(bǎojiàn)却(què)不会(búhuì)再(zài)移动(yídòng)。像(xiàng)他(tā)这样(zhèyàng)去(qù)找(zhǎo)剑(jiàn),真(zhēn)是(shì)太(tài)愚(yú)蠢(chǔn)可(kě)笑(xiào)了(le)。


The idiom 刻舟求剑 means "taking measures without considering changes in circumstances".


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