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Daoism -> Zhuangzi -> Outer Chapters -> The Tree on the Mountain -> 6

庄子Zhuangzi in a patched dress of coarse cloth,
and having his shoes tied together with strings, was passing by the king of Wei,
who said to him,
?”'How great, Master, is your distress?'
庄子 Zhuangzi replied,
'It is poverty,
not distress!
While a scholar possesses the Dao and its Attributes, he cannot be going about in distress.
穿Tattered clothes and shoes tied on the feet
are the sign of poverty,
and not of distress.
This is what we call not meeting with the right time.
Has your majesty not seen the climbing monkey?
When he is among the plane trees, rottleras, oaks, and camphor trees,
he grasps and twists their branches (into a screen),
where he reigns quite at his ease,
羿 so that not even Yi or Peng Meng could spy him out.
When, however, he finds himself among the prickly mulberry and date trees, and other thorns,
he goes cautiously, casts sidelong glances,
and takes every trembling movement with apprehension
- it is not that his sinews and bones are straitened, and have lost their suppleness,
便 but the situation is unsuitable for him,
and he cannot display his agility.
And now when I dwell under a benighted ruler, and seditious ministers,
how is it possible for me not to be in distress?
比干My case might afford an illustration of the cutting out the heart of Bi-gan!


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