Chuang Tzu Story - The Useless

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  1. garry420

    garry420 Well-Known Member

    Hui Tzu said to Chuang Tzu:
    “All you teaching is centered on what has no use.”

    Chuang Tzu replied:
    “If you have no appreciation for what has no use,
    you cannot begin to talk about what can be used.

    “The earth for example, is broad and vast,
    But of all this expanse a man uses only a few inches
    Upon which he happens to be standing at the time.

    “Now suppose you suddenly take away
    all that he actually is ot using,
    so that all around his feet a gulf yawns,
    and he stands in the void
    with nowhere solid except under each foot,
    how long will he be able to use what he is using?

    Hui Tzu said:
    “It would cease to serve any purpose.”

    Chuang Tzu concluded:
    “This shows the absolute necessity
    of what is supposed to have no use.”

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