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Daoism -> Zhuangzi -> Inner Chapters -> The Adjustment of Controversies -> 4

If we were to follow the judgments of the predetermined mind,
who would be left alone and without a teacher?
Not only would it be so with those who know the sequences (of knowledge and feeling) and make their own selection among them,
but it would be so as well with the stupid and unthinking.
For one who has not this determined mind, to have his affirmations and negations
is like the case described in the saying, 'He went to Yue to-day, and arrived at it yesterday.'
It would be making what was not a fact to be a fact.
But even the spirit-like Yu could not have known how to do this,
and how should one like me be able to do it?
But speech is not like the blowing (of the wind);
the speaker has (a meaning in) his words.
If, however, what he says, be indeterminate (as from a mind not made up),
does he then really speak or not?
He thinks that his words are different from the chirpings of fledgelings;
but is there any distinction between them or not?
恶乎But how can the Dao be so obscured, that there should be 'a True' and 'a False' in it?
恶乎How can speech be so obscured that there should be 'the Right' and 'the Wrong' about them?
恶乎Where shall the Dao go to that it will not be found?
恶乎Where shall speech be found that it will be inappropriate?
Dao becomes obscured through the small comprehension (of the mind),
and speech comes to be obscure through the vain-gloriousness (of the speaker).
So it is that we have the contentions between the Literati and the Mohists,
the one side affirming what the other denies,
and vice versa.
If we would decide on their several affirmations and denials,
no plan is like bringing the (proper) light (of the mind) to bear on them.


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