(This is the modified translation from a Chinese article. I was unable to find the author’s name.)
One day, a father invited his son to take a walk in the woods with him. They eventually stopped at a bend in the road.
After a short silence, the father asked his son, “What do you hear besides the birds singing?”
The son listened carefully for a few seconds and then said, “I hear a carriage.”
“Yes,” said the father, “it is empty.”
Surprised, the son asked his father, “How did you know it was empty?”
The father replied, “The more empty the carriage, the more noise it makes.”
As the son grew into a man, every time he saw a voluble and supercilious man, he felt as if his father had whispered in his ear, “The emptier the carriage, the louder the noise.”
People who have crossed a river may have picked up a stone and thrown it into the water before wading.
At some point, one might notice that the louder the splash sounds, the shallower the river is. A body of water that can silently absorb a stone must be unfathomably deep.
Do not show off. The louder you brag, the less convincing you will seem.
By talking calmly to people, you can avoid arguments and learn to listen more rather than emphasize your own opinions.