Chinese Idiom Stories
The Man of Ch'i Fears That the Sky Will Fall
Over 2000 years ago, in the kingdom of Ch'i, there lived a man who feared that the sky would fall. Whenever the came upon another person, he would say, "Look! One of these days, the sky is going to fall! If that happens, where can we go? What can we do?" He worried so much that he could neither eat nor sleep. One of his friends told him that the sky was not like a roof, and could not fall, but the man just shook his head and said, "Although the sky is not a roof, still, it has the sun and the moon, and many, many stars. One of these days, they will fall down, and then what will we do?" His friend saw that he was still very anxious, and said to him, "There are so many people in this world, all living very happily. Why must you cause trouble for yourself?" The man didn't know what more he could say, and yet in his heart he still worried that the sky was going to fall.
Today, this idiom is used to remind people not to worry needlessly.