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In the old zhuangzii, this was called being freed from the bonds of God. There is a not yet beginning to be a not yet beginning to be a beginning.

Zhuangzi: Basic Writings

Axes will never shorten its life, nothing can ever harm it. Moreover you and I are both of us things. This is what I mean by being a companion of Heaven. He takes it as fate that things should change, and he holds fast to the source. Customers who bought this item also bought. By sewing and washing, he gets enough to fill his mouth; by handling a winnow and sifting out the good grain, he makes enough to feed ten people. These are called the Eight Virtues. Confucius said, “I once went on a mission to Ch’u, and as I was going along, I saw some little pigs nursing at the body of their dead mother.

Why only the state of Lu? If he listens, then sing; if not, keep still. But when men do not forget what can be forgotten, but forget what cannot be forgotten – that may be called true forgetting. On the seventh day, the blob dies.

What does this mean, you ask? In your actions it is best to follow along with him, and in your mind it is best to harmonize with him. Though you treat it like a king, its spirit won’t be content.


Zhuangzi and Relativistic Scepticism.

He makes sure of himself first, and then he acts. Zhuangzi’s Scepticism in Light of Yangist Ideas. But I’ve come now because I still have something that is worth more than a foot and I want to try to hold on to it. The man called everyone to a family council. Wang Ni replied, “The Perfect Man is godlike.

He slithered the knife along with a zing, and all was in perfect rhythm, as though he were performing the dance of the Mulberry Grove or keeping time to the Ching-shou music. A thousand teams of horses could have taken shelter under it and burtno shade would have covered them all. So long as it doesn’t come forth, nothing happens. Yet the stupid believe they are awake, busily and brightly assuming they understand things, calling this man ruler, that one herdsman – how dense!

And when he is not changing, how does he know that he hasn’t already changed? Mild and cheerful, he seemed to be happy; reluctant, he could not help doing certain things; annoyed, he let it show in his face; relaxed, he rested in his virtue. There was no disagreement in their hearts and so the four of them became friends.

I try to discover who is doing it, but I can’t get the answer. Please try again later. But in the middle of the night a strong man shoulders them and carries them off, and in your stupidity you don’t know why it happened. If a man is willing to regard Heaven as a father and to love it, then how much more should he be willing to do for that which is even greater!

Now there’s Pu-liang Yi – he has the talent of a sage but not the Way of a sage, whereas I have the Way of a sage but not the talent of a sage. If I go about it in this way, will it do?


Burton Watson (ed.), Chuang Tzu – PhilPapers

When a man has just taken a wife, he is kept in posts outside [the palace] and is no longer sent on [dangerous] missions. In it is a fish which is several thousand li across, and no one knows how long. The sage hatches no schemes, so what use has watsin for knowledge? Or do they say nothing? If you go off to the green woods nearby, you can take along food for three meals and come back with your stomach as full as ever.

In times like the present, we do zhuangzzi to escape penalty. He’s going to get better – he has all the signs of life! The swamp pheasant has to walk ten paces for one peck and a hundred paces for one drink, but it doesn’t want to be kept in a cage. If a man sleeps in a damp place, his back aches and he ends up half paralyzed, but is this true of a loach? When the sea begins to move,2 this bird sets off for the southern darkness, which is the Lake of Heaven. You hide your boat in the ravine and your fish net9 in the swamp and tell yourself that they will be safe.

This was the True Man of old: