February 24th, 2005


許: 4300 years of avoiding administration

Don't let them promote you. Don't let them transfer you. Don't let them do anything that takes you off the bridge of that ship. Because as long as you're there, you can make a difference.
    - James T. Kirk to Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: Generations

istari_ala, dragnflye and I are tracing our family roots, and I was asked for the meaning of my surname. I remembered that it means "to allow" but thought I'd look up the etymology. I didn't find anything definite, but I did come across an anecdote about my far distant ancestor from the reign of King Yao (2,357 - 2,255 BCE) during the Period of Five Kings (2,697 - 2,207 BCE).

From this entry in Ancestry.com:
- Chinese : this name goes back as far as the 23rd century BC. According to tradition, there existed a philosopher named Xu You, who was offered succession to the throne by the model emperor Yao. Having heard this proposal, Xu You washed his ears in a river to rid them of such defilement. The main stock of this name probably came later, however, when Wu Wang, the first king (1122-1116 BC) of the Zhou dynasty, granted the area of Xu in present-day Henan province to Wen Shu, a descendant of Bo Yi, adviser to the model emperor Shun (who coincidentally accepted the offer of power which Xu You had declined). The descendants of Wen Shu eventually adopted the name of the area of Xu as their surname.

Yeah... that about sums up how I feel about administrative jobs. :-D

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