Chopsticks is another Chinese invention that has caused a sensation in the world besides the four great inventions. The origin of chopsticks can be traced back to the Shang Dynasty 3,000 years ago, but they were not called "chopsticks" at that time, but were called "Zhu". It was not changed to "chopsticks" until after the Ming Dynasty, probably because chopsticks are mostly made of bamboo.
The structure of the chopsticks is very simple, the top is thick and the bottom is thin, and the two long sticks above the bottom circle constitute the chopsticks. Compared with western knives and forks, they look thinner and less eye-catching, but they are a symbol of Chinese civilization. The round head and the tail symbolize the "round sky and the earth", which is the basic understanding of the world by the ancients. And when the chopsticks stand up, it means that people should stand upright, which is the Chinese people's concept of life from ancient times to the present.
Although chopsticks are simple, the Chinese have done a lot of work on the materials and carvings of chopsticks, which can be said to be the best use of ingenuity. There were ivory chopsticks and copper chopsticks in the pre-Qin period, and since the Sui and Tang Dynasties, there have been gold and silver chopsticks, and the chopsticks have been carved with jade and coral. Here chopsticks have surpassed themselves and become a means of displaying wealth and power.
No matter how exquisite the chopsticks are, they will remain the same in the end. Its main function is to eat, and learning to use chopsticks is particularly important. Use skillful strength to use chopsticks. If you have too much strength, the chopsticks cannot be opened; Such simple chopsticks subtly apply the lever principle of physics, which can be called great wisdom. While using chopsticks, learn to know how to measure, and understand the heights of the heavens and the depths of the earth, which contains the truth of life.
Chopsticks have passed through thousands of years of history, not only a symbol of Chinese civilization, but also carrying thousands of years of Chinese emotion and Chinese culture. A pair of chopsticks, ten thousand kinds of delicacies, held in the hand, baked in the heart, contains a kind of happy life with gusto, and every inadvertent use is a respect for life and food.
Chopsticks belong to China, which is an inseparable feeling of Chinese people. It is a unique chopsticks culture in China, which is worth understanding, inheriting and carrying forward for every generation of us.