Su Dongpo (10371101), also known as Su Shi, was the most famous poet of the Song Dynasty in China as well as a fierce critic of the government of Wang Anshi. In this famous poem, he wishes only the best in life for his son (original translation by yours truly).

On the Birth of a Son, by Su Dongpo


Most people, on the birth of a son
hope he will be intelligent.
I, by being intelligent,
have wrecked my whole life,
and thus my only hope for my own son
is that he be foolish and ignorant.
That way he will have no troubles in life
and rise to become a cabinet minister.

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