In the kingdom of Qi lived a poor man who had just enough to survive. But he had an unquenchable thirst for gold. The idea of getting gold always fascinated him. He was well aware that a number of merchants set up beautiful gold figures in their market stalls. He devised a plan to steal one of the figures. So, one day, he put on his best clothes and went to the market. He moved around and pretended to observe the gold figures.
Swiftly, he took one of the figures and fled. But he was quickly caught. The guards asked him why he stole during the day when there were thousands of witnesses around him. The man said, “I did not notice anyone. I just thought of getting the gold figures; that is it!” The greed for gold made him blind.