Great Deer wrote:So what're your opinions? Did Liu Bei value Cao Cao back then and hence, he objected to taking actions after the hunt? Why would Liu Bei value Cao Cao? Or was Pei Song Zhi correct, that Liu Bei valued his own life more? At Xia Kou, was Liu Bei telling Guan Yu the truth or was he trying to make up some nice excuses for his earlier inactions?
Great Deer wrote:“At that point, it was for the country’s sake, if the Heaven’s Will aid the righteous ones, who knows if this may turn out to be a blessing in disguise?”
Great Deer wrote:备曰：“是时亦为国家惜之耳；若天道辅正，安知此不为福邪！”
Exar Kun wrote:I'm probably way off,can someone else interpret also?
Cai Yan wrote:The "blessing in disguise" thing is what Liu Bei perceived Cao Cao could probably have, i.e. would bring fortune to the empire and that the Heaven aids him if he is a righteous one. It may imply that Liu Bei valued Cao Cao's talents and ability to run an empire.
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