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Chuang Tzu Story - The Use of the Useless (无用之用)
03-20-2011, 06:30 PM
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Chuang Tzu Story - The Use of the Useless (无用之用)
The following below is another interesting story I came upon when reading book Zhang Zi. I like share it with people and hope Zhuangzi's story can enlighten us little by little:

Hui Tzu said to Chuang Tzu:

“All you teaching is centered on what has no use.”

Chuang Tzu replied: “If you have no appreciation for what has no use, you cannot begin to talk about what can be used. The earth for example, is broad and vast, But of all this expanse a man uses only a few inches ipon which he happens to be standing at the time. "

“Now suppose you suddenly take away all that he actually is ot using, so that all around his feet a gulf yawns, and he stands in the void with nowhere solid except under each foot, how long will he be able to use what he is using? "

Hui Tzu said: “It would cease to serve any purpose.”

Chuang Tzu concluded: “This shows the absolute necessity of what is supposed to have no use.”.
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