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Chapter 130: The First Sacrificial Wine Official Under 20 Years Old in History!
However, these suggestions from the group of old cunning officials are not without benefits!
If he goes to the land of David, he can be far away from the political center and can escape in time if he senses something is wrong in the future!
The downside is that he will no longer have the opportunity to make as much money!
And he won’t be able to enjoy the luxurious life he has now!
Of course, compared to his life, these things are nothing.
So, Lin Beifan cupped his hands and said, “Your Majesty, the suggestions of the esteemed officials are not unreasonable. I am willing to go to the land of David!”
The Empress glanced at Lin Beifan, thinking, “What are you plotting? Don’t I know?”
Clearly, he wants to seize the opportunity to escape, cunning little fox!
Among all the civil and military officials, you are the one who has captured my heart the most!
I won’t let you leave!
Then, she glanced at the other officials.
You bunch of old thieves, how dare you advise against my loyal minister and beloved official! It’s simply unreasonable!
Don’t give me a chance, or I’ll make you suffer!
“The land of David is too far away, and the conditions are harsh. I can’t bear to let him go! So, Sir Lin, why don’t you stay in the capital? I can see you often!” the Empress spoke up to persuade him.
Lin Beifan didn’t know if he was disappointed or happy, while the officials were completely disappointed.
They have been serving in the same court as this little cunning person for a day, and they are already quite fed up.
However, they haven’t given up hope.
“Your Majesty, but there is no suitable official position for Sir Lin in the capital!”
“Who said there isn’t?” the Empress smiled and said, “The position of the Sacrificial Wine in the Imperial Academy, isn’t it suitable for Mr. Lin?”
The officials were shocked that Lin Beifan was appointed as the Principal!
Lin Beifan was also shocked that the Empress appointed him as the Principal of the Imperial Academy!
What is the position of the Principal in the Imperial Academy?
The Imperial Academy is the only university in the country that cultivates talent. The Sacrificial Wine of the Imperial Academy is the equivalent of the president of the only national university in the country. It’s even more prestigious than the presidents of Tsinghua University and Peking University combined!
Although the official rank is not high, only at the fourth rank, the status is extremely prestigious!
The person is Headmaster of all the students in the Imperial Academy!
In the future, no matter how high the official positions of the talents coming out of the Imperial Academy are, they have to bow and address him as “Mr. Principal”!
If you don’t show respect, it’s considered disrespectful to the teacher and the Confucian teachings, and people will criticize you!
Moreover, from now on, there will be an additional title of “highly respected and esteemed” on your head. How does that feel?
Furthermore, holding the position of Principal has another huge benefit!
That is, he can continue to exploit the privileges and benefits of the privileged class!
Exploit them until they run out of money!
Clearly, the officials also realized this problem and were all dumbfounded!
Gao Tianyao, the Minister of the Ministry of Personnel, anxiously said, “Your Majesty, this is absolutely not advisable. Liu has been serving as the Principal of the Imperial Academy for many years, diligently managing the academy. He may not have achieved great accomplishments, but he has certainly put in effort. It would be difficult for the public to accept if he is removed without any wrongdoing. Please, Your Majesty, think twice!”
“Liu, the Principal?” The Empress sneered, “Has he really been diligently managing the Imperial Academy? Over the years, I’ve heard that many students frequently arrive late, leave early, and even engage in fights and assaults within the academy, including assaulting teachers. It has seriously tarnished the reputation of the Imperial Academy! But he did nothing about it. Don’t think I’m unaware!”
After speaking, she also glared at the officials.
The officials lowered their heads in shame.
Minister of the Ministry of Industry, Wang Rushui, advised, “But Liu Huaye, the Principal, is highly respected. If we remove him abruptly, the students and officials may not accept it!”
“Highly respected? Are you kidding?” The Empress once again sneered, “It should be said that he has become senile and his virtue has declined! Just over two months ago, he could even frame his colleagues! What qualifications does such a person have to continue as the Principal?”
Minister of the Ministry of Household, Qian Yuanshen, advised, “But Lin Beifan is too young. Is it appropriate for him to hold the position of Principal in the Imperial Academy?”
“Indeed, Lin Beifan is young, but we should not be rigid and should prioritize talent!” The Empress said, “Lin Beifan, as the top scholar in the recent imperial examination, has more than enough knowledge and ability! Since taking over as the Director of the Imperial Academy, the atmosphere in the academy has significantly improved, and student academic performance has rapidly increased! Moreover, during this period, he has made two significant inventions that benefit the nation and the people! Considering all these factors, how is Liu Huaye superior to him in any aspect?”
“And besides, Liu Huaye is already old and often finds it difficult to fulfill his duties. It is time for him to step down and let the talented Lin Beifan take over!”
“But Your Majesty…”
“Don’t try to persuade me anymore. My decision is final!”
The Empress waved her sleeve and declared loudly, “From this day forth, Lin Beifan is appointed as the Principal of the Imperial Academy, in charge of all matters in the academy! As for Liu Huaye, reward him with ten thousand taels of silver to thank him for his contributions over the years! Let him resign and retire!”
“Thank you, Your Majesty!” Lin Beifan happily responded.
“Yes, Your Majesty!” The officials replied with bitterness.
The Empress spoke with earnestness, “Lin Beifan, from now on, you are the Principal of the Imperial Academy, with great responsibilities! I hope you can lead the Imperial Academy to forge a new path!”
“I will not disappoint Your Majesty’s trust!” Lin Beifan cupped his hands.
“I believe you will succeed!” The Empress smiled.
She had high expectations for Lin Beifan!
It can be said that the entire officialdom has become corrupt!
Corrupt officials run rampant, and treacherous ministers hold power!
Only the Imperial Academy remains a place of purity, as the students there have not yet set foot in the officialdom. They still possess a sense of innocence and ambitious aspirations, untainted by the corruption of the officialdom!
So, she has been searching for the best candidate to safeguard this place of purity!
And now, she has finally found him, Lin Beifan!
She believes that under Lin Beifan’s leadership, the Imperial Academy will produce one upright and capable official after another, washing away the impurities of the officialdom and eradicating its disgrace!
Until the end, saving the Great Wu!
On this day, the news of Lin Beifan becoming the Principal of the Imperial Academy, along with presenting a significant national weapon, quickly spread throughout the capital city, the empire, and even to neighboring countries!
The whole world was astonished!
“A Principal of the Imperial Academy under 20 years old, the first in our dynasty since its founding!”
“Not only in our dynasty, but in other countries as well, we have never seen a Principal under the age of 30!”
“This is truly a glorious achievement, worthy of boasting for a lifetime!”
“Is it appropriate for someone so young to become the Principal? Many students in the Imperial Academy are older than him! The Empress is truly foolish. How could she issue such an edict?”
“Enough talk! Hasn’t the Empress been foolish for a while now? Ever since Lin Beifan became the top scholar, the Empress has become increasingly foolish!”
“With such a corrupt official becoming the Principal, the Imperial Academy is doomed, and the country has no hope!”
No matter what’s happening outside, Lin Beifan is feeling great right now!
He’s walking on air!
Street vendors can’t help but take a few extra glances, passersby can’t help but take a few extra glances, even beautiful girls can’t help but take a few extra glances!
Even dogs can’t help but take a few extra glances!
Wait a minute!
Lin Beifan looks down and sees a warm pile of poop on the ground!
No wonder the dogs were taking a few extra glances. He nearly stepped on dog shit!
Can’t afford to mess with single dogs, huh!
Can’t afford to mess with licking dogs either!
So, Lin Beifan takes a step back and continues floating forward!
Light as a feather, he arrives at the Imperial Academy.
Unlike the outside world, the students here are very excited to see Lin Beifan.
“Director Lin is here!”
“What Director Lin? From now on, we should change our address and call him Mr. Principal!”
“Yes, yes! Look at my memory!”
“Mr. Principal is truly amazing! He has only been in office for less than four months, but he has already jumped four ranks and become the Principal!”
“He is definitely the number one in history! From now on, I will take Mr. Principal as my role model!”
Lin Beifan listens to everyone’s discussions and is overjoyed!
Because the students here are all talented and speak in a pleasing manner, he really loves it here!
Unlike the people outside who can’t distinguish between good and evil and don’t acknowledge others!
In the end, all the students stand up neatly, bow their hands, and say in unison, “Greetings, Mr. Principal!”
Lin Beifan smiles and says, “My fellow students, there’s no need for formalities! Although I have become the Principal, we will still interact as we did before! Feel free to ask any questions you have, and I will share all my knowledge with you!”
Looking at Lin Beifan’s “kind and friendly” appearance, the students are thrilled!
They gather around one after another!
One student excitedly says, “Mr. Principal, you are the person I admire the most! I want to take you as my role model from now on, study hard, become a high-ranking official, and benefit the people!”
Lin Beifan immediately encourages, “Believe in yourself! You can replicate my success!”
“Yes!” This student becomes even more excited.
Another student eagerly says, “Mr. Principal, I spend nine hours studying every day, I won’t rest until I finish reading nine articles, and I stick to a six-day study week. Can I be as successful as you?”
Lin Beifan smiles and encourages, “Believe in yourself, working 996 brings blessings!”
“Yes!” This student becomes even more excited.
The third student excitedly says, “Mr. Principal, I want to learn from you and become a highly respected official!”
Lin Beifan immediately encourages, “Believe in yourself, your future is not a dream!”
In this way, while chatting enthusiastically with the students, Lin Beifan also dispensed words of inspiration and motivation. It must be said that after becoming famous, even one’s fart smells fragrant!
These innocent students, after drinking Lin Beifan’s words of inspiration, became instantly excited as if injected with chicken blood! They were eager to rush over, pick up their books, study tirelessly overnight!
“Sir Lim, after becoming the Principal of Imperial Academy, do you have any teaching philosophy? How do you plan to lead our Imperial Academy?” another student asked.
“My teaching philosophy is… Give me a pen!” Lin Beifan took the pen and paper, and while scribbling on the paper, he loudly recited, “Establish a heart for heaven and earth! Establish a mission for the people! Inherit the wisdom of the sages! Bring eternal peace to the world!”
“This is my teaching philosophy! This is the foundation of my teaching! I hope all teachers and students in the school will be inspired by it!”
To establish a heart for heaven and earth!
To establish an unending aspiration for the vitality of heaven and earth!
To give a purpose to the people!
To guide the common people on a path of shared righteousness!
To inherit the knowledge from the wise sages of the past!
To carry forward the teachings that were left behind!
To bring eternal peace to the world!
To create an era of peace and prosperity for generations to come!
As these words were spoken, they resounded like the voice of the Great Dao, awakening the deafened ears! All the teachers and students in the school, without exception, paid their respects, saying, “Thank you, Mr. Principal, for your guidance!”
1. Working 996 refers to a work schedule commonly practiced in some companies, particularly in certain industries in China. It stands for working from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM, six days a week (hence, “996”). This work schedule entails long working hours, often exceeding the standard 40-hour workweek. It has been a subject of debate and controversy due to concerns about work-life balance, employee well-being, and labor rights.