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Daoism -> Zhuangzi -> Outer Chapters -> The Revolution of Heaven -> 4.3

And have you not seen the working of a shadoof?
When (the rope of) it is pulled, it bends down;
and when it is let go, it rises up.
It is pulled by a man,
and does not pull the man;
and so, whether it bends down or rises up, it commits no offence against the man.
In the same way the rules of propriety, righteousness, laws, and measures of the three Huangs and five Dis derived their excellence, not from their being the same as those of the present day, but from their (aptitude for) government.
We may compare them to haws, pears, oranges, and pummeloes, which are different in flavour, but all suitable to be eaten.


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