The three wise monkeys story originally came from Japan. The story tells us a proverbial principle in life: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. The story says there are three wise monkeys: Mizaru, who covers his eyes, so he cannot see evil; Kikazaru, who covers his ears, so he cannot hear from evil; And Iwazaru, who covers his mouth, so he cannot speak about evil.
This proverb implies that if we don’t look those evil, don’t listen the talk from those evil, and don’t talk about those evil, our life will be free from evil.
Ever since I was young, I have been fascinated by these ancient proverbs. I think they are full of wisdom and guidance. I think the reason these proverbs can be passed down from generation to generation is because they have been tested by our human history. I always feel that we are so lucky since we can avoid a lot of common mistakes in life by simply following this kind of advice from our predecessors.