Meaning of the Idiom
nan yuan bei zhe（Act in a way that defeats one’s purpose）
Once a man wanted to go to the south, but his carriage was heading north.
A pedestrian asked him: “If you are going to the south, why is your chariot heading north? ” The man answered, “My horse is good at running, my driver is highly skilled at driving a carriage, and I have enough money. ”
The man didn’t consider that the direction might be wrong; the better his conditions were, the further he was away from his destination.
The idiom derived from this story indicates that one’s action was the opposite effect to one’s intention.
[nán yuán běi zhé]，比喻行动和目的正好相反。
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