China the Beautiful

Ph.D. Selling a Donkey

The Chinese have been granting Ph.D. degrees thousands of years before the universities in Europe.

Here is a story from the history book, poking fun at them.

Once upon a time, a man wishing to sell his donkey ask a Ph.D. to write a 'For Sale sign' to take to the market.

After three pages of composition, the word 'donkey' has yet to appear.

The man was disappointed.

- Yan's Motto - Sui Dynasty
Vol.3, chap. 8

What is the moral of this story?
Men and women with Ph.D. degrees are learned persons with well-deserved reputations. However, it does not necessarily mean that they are the best persons for all tasks.

Get to the point! Don't be long-winded.
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