Originally posted by changcheng at 2007-5-10 00:19
It actually means someone who is different from the rest of you in such ways that you may be ashamed to talk about that person. He brings shame to your family by being what he is. You may not even ...
Changcheng, that is a good reply. Here is an example taken from a recent news item.
On British Queen Elizabeth's previous visit to the US, George W. Bush referred to himself as the black sheep of the family. He reportedly asked the Queen who was the black sheep in her family. Her response was, "That's none of your business."
Trust li'l Bush to come up with a question like that when, by definition, it's someone you don't want to talk about.
Some examples of black sheep in the family:
-a Chinese businessman's child who cares about workers and poor people
-a person who has turned into a drug addict and steals money to buy drugs
-a gay child in a homophobic family
-a meat eater in a vegetarian family
-a person who marries a "foreign devil"
So, a black sheep is not necessarily bad. That person is just different from the rest of his family or community in some way that they cannot accept.