Sunday, 5 December 2010

Taoist Wisdom Story--An Old Tree

This Chinese Story 

Hui Zi, Hui Shi(惠施) is a Chinese ancient philosopher, who was one of Zhuang Zi's. good friend and an opponent in philosophy, so he often appeared in Zhuang Zi's article. This Chinese Story will tell you a famous debating between these two friends and shows you the wisdom of Zhuang Zi and Taoist philosophy.

One day,  Hui Zi said to Zhuang Zi, "I have a big tree named Chu (樗, Some think  Chu is Chinese toon tree). Its trunk is too gnarled and bumpy to apply a measuring line to, its branches too bent and twisty to match up to a compass or square.You could stand it by the road and no carpenter would look at it twice. Your words, too, are big and useless, and so everyone alike spurns them!"

Zhuang Zi said, "Maybe you've never seen a wildcat or a weasel. It crouches down and hides, watching for something to come along. It leaps and races east and west, not hesitating to go high or low-until it falls into the trap and dies in the net. Then again there's the yak, big as a cloud covering the sky. It certainly knows how to be big, though it doesn't know how to catch rats. Now you have this big tree and you're distressed because it's useless. Why don't you plant it in Not-Even-Anything Village, or the field of Broad-and-Boundless, relax and do nothing by its side, or lie down for a free and easy sleep under it? Axes will never shorten its life, nothing can ever harm it. If there's no use for it, how can it come to grief or pain?"

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