On August 26, 1698, Czar Peter I returned to his motherland from Western Europe.
This overseas visit has given Peter I a lot of experience.
According to the ritual system, nobles should go to the palace to congratulate Peter I.
After returning home, Peter I asked people to prepare meals and wine for everyone to celebrate.
As soon as the food was served, Peter I stared at Grand Marshal shano, who was very uncomfortable.
Suddenly, Peter I walked quickly to shano, shaking his hand and adding a pair of scissors.
Before marshal shano could react, the scissors had cut off his hairy beard.
Marshal shano said “ah ah” and hurriedly stroked his chin.
It turned out that the pile of beard on the ground was his.
Marshal shano did this not because the scissors were cold, nor did Peter I cut his flesh, but because for more than 300 years, the Russians always kept a wide and dense beard.
The long beard was a symbol of the pride of the Russians at that time, and the Orthodox Church even regarded the beard as “an ornament given by God”.
In Russia at that time, people with poor androgen secretion would be regarded as heresy, and people and the government often made trouble for them.
As King Peter I, don’t you even know the most basic common sense? Marshal shano was still in a daze at his beard, and other noble ministers were in an uproar.
Peter I didn’t give them a chance to speak, and the scissors danced in his hands.
It was estimated that he practiced for a long time in Poland.
Soon, all the ministers’ beards fell off.
Peter I cut everyone’s beard, cut his own beard “click” a few times, and then let someone clean it.
People present saw Peter I’s disdain for his beard and thought it was just sweeping garbage.
A few days later, marshal shano felt his chin and was in a trance.
Peter I suddenly came to his house and cut off all the beards of shano’s guests.
Since then, in the upper class, everyone knows that the king has two weapons, one with a sword and the other with scissors.
The “beard cutting” incident immediately spread in Russia.
Some people covered their beards and wept.
Others touched their beards and thought whether the king was crazy.
Others think the king’s behavior is very good, because without a beard, his chin is really in close contact with the air.
It feels so comfortable.
Soon, Peter I announced a decree: it was the duty of the Russian people to cut their beard, and they had to pay heavy taxes if they wanted to keep their beard.
Officials and nobles pay 60 rubles and civilians 30 rubles a year.
It’s just a foolish act.
My beard is mine.
I’ll keep it and you want me to pay for it.
Even if you are the king, it doesn’t make sense.
Ordinary people can only resent, but the church dares to contradict in front of them.
At that time, Archbishop Adrian wrote a letter to Peter I reprimanding: “people’s appearance should not be changed.
Those saints have beards and take care of them as decorations given by God.
Cutting off beards is not only terrible, not only disgraceful, but also an unforgivable crime.
” Another officer told Peter I: “the Russians have a religious reverence for the beard.
They keep it down to their chest, comb it to make it smooth and shiny, and keep none of it falling off.
This is a sign that the Russians are different from foreigners.
” Peter the great Peter I (1672-1725), formerly known as Peter alexeyevich Romanov, is the son of Czar Alexei Mikhailovich Romanov and the fourth generation czar of the Russian Romanov Dynasty.
He ascended the throne in 1682 and took real power in 1689.
As one of the only two “great emperors” of the Romanov Dynasty, Peter the great is generally regarded as the most outstanding czar of Russia.
His Westernization policy was the main factor that made Russia a powerful country.
Later generations honored him as Peter the great.
Although Peter I declared that it was the duty of all Russians to cut their beards, countrymen and some stubborn citizens, including believers, still stubbornly wore beards.
Peter I had to declare that believers can grow beards, but others can’t, unless you have money.
At this time, the beard has been regarded as a symbol by Peter I.
of course, not only the beard, but also the clothes.
The clothes of the Russians at that time were long robes with fat sleeves and cumbersome decoration.
It took a long time to put on and take off clothes.
Peter I took up his weapon scissors again at a court banquet and looked at the princes’ clothes.
While cutting, his mouth was not idle: “what’s the long sleeve? It’s really a disaster.
It’s either touching the glass or soiling the soup.
” The princes had to watch him use his weapons.
Soon after, Peter I stipulated: “Moscow and other urban residents should wear the following clothes: their coats should not be longer than the joint of garters, underwear should be shorter than their coats, and so on.
” At that time, Russia was lagging behind Western Europe in all aspects, and there was considerable resistance to reform.
In order to break the traditional conservative thought of his country, Peter I had to cut on the beard, the object of Russian worship, as a prelude to his implementation of the policy of compulsory “Westernization”, which opened the way for him to take various reform measures in the future.
[cool review] people are inert.
Coupled with the influence of habits, people will be lazy to think.
As a result, they will become rigid, conservative, content with the status quo, do not seek development and are unwilling to accept new things.
Innovation is regarded as the soul of a person and an enterprise to develop and succeed.
The successful example of Peter the Great’s reform gives us good enlightenment.
If we want to succeed and change the current situation, we must abandon the old ways and seek change through innovation, so as to have real success.
Many of us often complain that we are too stupid.
This is because we don’t use our brains and turn around in the past mode of thinking.
Don’t expect “things will get better” at an uncertain time in the future, but make do with it.
If you don’t change your old habits, life will never turn around.