Love me, love my dog.爱屋及乌
There was a state called zhou (周) in the chinese history.
One day, the king of zhou asked his officials for advice on deal with prisoners of war.
An official said, "i once heard if you love someone, you are intended to love even the crows on
the roof of his house; if you hate someone, you are intended to hate even the walls and the
parapets of his. The prisoners of war were enemies fighting against us. In my opinion, we'd better
kill them all."
But the king didn't agree with him."I think we should treat the prisoners of war differently by
differing them into those who are guilty and those who are not. The guilty ones will be sentenced
to death in order to avoid future disasters." Another official put forward his suggestion.
The king didn't think it was a proper way, either.
Then a third one said, "Your majesty, I think all the prisoners should be set free and sent back
home to work in the fields and support themselves by their own labor. Moreover, you should
keep strictly the rules for reward and punishment and treat your relatives and friends
impartially.The people are sure to believe in you if you administer our country by morals and
The king thought the official's proposal was quite reasonable so he accepted and followed it.As a
result, the domestic situation soon settled down and gradually the country became more stable
The idiom is then used to mean that if you love someone,you'll love people and things relative to
him as well.