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公输 - Gong Shu

English translation: W. P. Mei [?] Library Resources
1 公输:
公输盘为楚造云梯之械,成,将以攻宋。子墨子闻之,起于齐,行十日十夜而至于郢,见公输盘。公输盘曰:“夫子何命焉为?”子墨子曰:“北方有侮臣,愿藉子杀之。”公输盘不说。子墨子曰:“请献十金。”公输盘曰:“吾义固不杀人。”子墨子起,再拜曰:“请说之。吾从北方,闻子为梯,将以攻宋。宋何罪之有?荆国有馀于地,而不足于民,杀所不足,而争所有馀,不可谓智。宋无罪而攻之,不可谓仁。知而不争,不可谓忠。争而不得,不可谓强。义不杀少而杀众,不可谓知类。”公输盘服。子墨子曰:“然,乎不已乎?”公输盘曰:“不可。吾既已言之王矣。”子墨子曰:“胡不见我于王?”公输盘曰:“诺”。
Gong Shu:
Gong Shu Ban had completed the construction of Cloud-ladders for Chu and was going to attack Song with them. Mozi heard of it and set out from Qi. He walked ten days and ten nights and arrived at Ying. He saw Gong Shu Ban. The latter asked him what he wanted of him. Mozi said: Some one in the north has humiliated me. I would like to have you kill him. Gong Shu Ban was displeased. Mozi persisted, offering him ten jin. Finally Gong Shu Ban said: "My principle is incompatible with murdering people." Thereupon Mozi rose and bowed twice and spoke: Now, let me explain myself. While in the north I heard you were building ladders to attack Song. Now, of what is Song guilty? The state of Jing has land to spare but is short of people. To destroy what is scarce in order to strive for what is already plenty cannot be said to be wise. Since Song is innocent, to attack it cannot be said to be magnanimous. To fail to make an effort according to what you know cannot be said to be loyal. To make the effort without obtaining (the desired result) cannot be said to be effective. To hold a principle that forbids the killing of few but allows that of many cannot be said to be understanding the fundamental categories. Gong Shu Ban became convinced. Mozi argued further: Then why would you not stop it? Gong Shu Ban said that could not be done as he had already promised the Lord. Mozi said: Why not then present me to the Lord? Gong Shu Ban agreed.

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