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Daoism -> Zhuangzi -> Outer Chapters -> The Revolution of Heaven -> 4.4

'Just so it is that the rules of propriety, righteousness, laws, and measures,
change according to the time.
周公If now you take a monkey, and dress it in the robes of the duke of Zhou,
it will bite and tear them,
and will not be satisfied till it has got rid of them altogether.
And if you look at the difference between antiquity and the present time
周公 it is as great as that between the monkey and the duke of Zhou.
西施In the same way, when Xi Shi was troubled in mind, she would knit her brows and frown on all in her neighbourhood.
An ugly woman of the neighbourhood, seeing and admiring her beauty,
went home, and also laying her hands on her heart proceeded to stare and frown on all around her.
When the rich people of the village saw her,
they shut fast their doors and would not go out;
when the poor people saw her,
they took their wives and children and ran away from her.
The woman knew how to admire the frowning beauty, but she did not know how it was that she, though frowning, was beautiful.
Alas!
it is indeed all over with your Master!


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